Former Georgia swimmer Chase Kalisz won the men’s 200-meter individual medley title as the Phillips 66 National Championships concluded Saturday at The Natatorium. Another former Bulldog swimmer, Melanie Margalis, also won the women’s 200-meter individual medley title.
Kalisz, who won the 400-meter individual medley on Thursday, took the 200 IM in 1:56.51. That is the best effort among Americans and ranks fourth in the world this year. Margalis won the women’s event in 2:09.57, which is the top time among Americans and third in the world this year.
Margalis and Kalisz will lead the Georgia contingent competing for the United States in the World Championships next month in Hungary. Hali Flickinger, Olivia Smoliga, Pace Clark, Nicolas Fink and Jay Litherland also qualified during the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Georgia also will be represented by former swimmer Andrew Gemmell (open water) and former diver Ginger Fields Huber (high diving) in Budapest as they qualified earlier. Georgia diving coach Dan Laak will serve as Team Leader for the Americans.
Also in the 200 IM races on Saturday, rising senior Gunnar Bentz was fourth for the men in 1:58.31, followed by rising senior Litherland in fifth in 1:58.46 and former Bulldog Fink in 12th in 2:01.04, while incoming freshman Sammie Burchill was 22nd for the women in 2:17.35.
Smoliga, who capped her Georgia career in March, claimed fifth in the women’s 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.84. Former Lady Bulldog Maddie Locus was 16th in 25.90.
In the men’s 800-meter freestyle, rising senior Kevin Litherland took 16th in 8:03.19, while rising sophomore Walker Higgins placed 17th in 8:03.97 and incoming freshman Aaron Apel was 21st in 8:08.23.
Saturday’s finals session of the Phillips 66 Nationals can be seen Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC.