Chase Kalisz Chases Down Jack Conger in 200 Fly in Atlanta

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Men’s 200 Fly

The race appeared to belong to Texas graduate Jack Conger. Turning at the 150-meter mark, Conger had a 1.5 second lead over the competition and was cruising home, but Georgia graduate Chase Kalisz had other plans. In the final 50 meters, Kalisz had turned up the heat and was closing on Conger–quickly. As they propelled towards the finish, Kalisz pulled ahead to out-touch Conger by .10 seconds with a 1:55.78, leaving Conger with second and a 1:55.88.

Kalisz’s time doubles as a new pool record, taking down his own record of 1:55.94 from 2017, while Conger’s time moves him to second place in the 2018 world rankings.

Fellow Georgia grad, Pace Clark, picked up third place overall with a time of 1:58.23, while HP Center Victoria’s Mack Darragh was fourth overall with a time of 1:59.33.

Dare Rose, the only teenager in the field, grabbed fifth with a time of 1:59.78, just ahead of Olympian Tom Shields’ 1:59.82.

Longhorn Aquatics’ Tripp Cooper (2:01.05) and Antonio Nunez’s (2:03.76) were seventh and eighth.

                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Chase Kalisz     23 ABSC/UGA          2:00.09    1:55.78P  893  
    r:+0.80  26.02        56.00 (29.98)
        1:26.02 (30.02)     1:55.78 (29.76)
  2 Jack Conger      23 Nation's Capital  1:57.60    1:55.88P  891  
    r:+0.73  25.60        55.15 (29.55)
        1:24.83 (29.68)     1:55.88 (31.05)
  3 Pace Clark       23 ABSC/UGA          2:00.90    1:58.23   838  
    r:+0.65  26.49        56.59 (30.10)
        1:27.27 (30.68)     1:58.23 (30.96)
  4 Mack Darragh     24 HPCenterVictoria  2:00.96    1:59.33   816  
    r:+0.71  26.47        56.68 (30.21)
        1:27.65 (30.97)     1:59.33 (31.68)
  5 Dare Rose        15 Scarlet Aquatics  2:01.21    1:59.78   806  
    r:+0.71  26.04        55.94 (29.90)
        1:27.12 (31.18)     1:59.78 (32.66)
  6 Tom Shields      26 California Aquat  2:03.24    1:59.82   806  
    r:+0.76  26.28        56.57 (30.29)
        1:27.79 (31.22)     1:59.82 (32.03)
  7 Tripp Cooper     25 Longhorn Aquatic  2:02.54    2:01.05   781  
    r:+0.71  26.14        56.40 (30.26)
        1:27.96 (31.56)     2:01.05 (33.09)
  8 Antonio Nunez    23 Una LAS           2:03.38    2:03.76   731  
    r:+0.73  27.53        58.53 (31.00)
        1:31.02 (32.49)     2:03.76 (32.74)