Harford County swimmer Chase Kalisz took on North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate and Olympic champion Michael Phelps in last night’s 400-meter individual medley at the Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. and came in sixth.
The 18-year-old Fallston High School graduate swam in the lane next to Phelps during the morning’s preliminary race. A Baltimore Sun story quoted Phelps saying:
“‘I saw Chase,’ Phelps said after their morning heat, ‘and I knew I couldn’t let him be anywhere close.'”
Of the final race held later that day, the story said:
“Phelps’ teammate at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Chase Kalisz, 18, was a surprise racer in the finals, coming in third after the morning preliminaries as he swam in the lane next to the more famous swimmer. The Fallston resident, whose father Mike is athletic director at Hereford High School, finished the finals sixth, with a 4:16.32 time.”
Phelps came in second behind arch-rival Ryan Lochte, both of whom qualified for the Olympic games in London next month.