By USA Swimming | Friday, January 12, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas – Led by world champion Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) in the men’s 400-meter individual medley and Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) in the men’s 200m backstroke, U.S. Olympians picked up four victories Thursday on the opening night of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin at the University of Texas’ Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The four-day meet continues through Sunday. Thursday through Saturday, daily prelims open at 9 a.m. CT followed by finals at 6 p.m. The meet concludes Sunday with timed finals for the 1500-meter freestyle at 8 a.m. CT.
Kalisz posted a 9-second victory in the 400m IM, touching in 4 minutes, 10.80 seconds. The defending men’s Pro Swim Series champion then followed with a third-place finish later in the session in the 200m breast.
"I’m happy with those times. It’s probably the fastest I’ve ever been at this point in the season,” Kalisz said. “I’ve always struggled with breaststroke as my second double race, so for me to be able to go 2:11, I’m pretty happy with that.”
In the men’s 200m back, Murphy edged fellow Olympian and training partner Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./California Aquatics) with a time of 1:56.11, just clear of Pebley’s 1:56.40 effort.
“That’s what early season meets are for, figuring out what I need to do in training to be confident and pushing it the whole race,” Murphy said.
Olympian Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics) won the women’s 400m IM in 4:37.43, with Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) taking the men’s 100m fly in 51.80. Fellow National Team member Amanda Kendall (Fairfax, Va./Unattached) took the women’s 100m fly in 58.29, while Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Unattached) won the men’s 200m free in 1:48.18.
In the first-ever TYR Pro Swim Series 400m mixed medley relay, the #LezakSquad earned the victory in 3:49.85.
International winners on Thursday included China’s Peng Xuwei in the women’s 200m back in 2:08.17, Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton in the women’s 200m breast in 2:23.92, China’s Yan Zibei in the men’s 200m breast in 2:10.33 and China’s Li Bingjie in the women’s 200m free in 1:56.96.
NBC Sports will provide extensive coverage from Austin with live action Friday on NBC Sports Network and Saturday on the Olympic Channel at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage also will air on same-day delay on NBC Sports Network at midnight ET. All three finals session will also be streamed via NBC Sports, while a live webcast of prelims also will be available at usaswimming.org.
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