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Bel Air Teen Competes for Olympic Swimming Spot

Chase Kalisz of Bel Air is expected to swim in the Olympic trial swimming finals Monday, June 25.

One Bel Air teen will swim for the chance of a lifetime tonight in the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Chase Kalisz will join fellow North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers and Ryan Lochte in the 400 intermediate medley Olympic swim trial finals Monday, June 25, according to a WBAL.com article.

The 18-year-old finished third overall to secure a spot in the finals, according to the WBAL.com story.

Kalisz, who posted a personal best of 4:15.78, trains with Phelps, according to a post on The New York Times online.

"I know some people are intimidated swimming against him but I personally think it’s a benefit," Kalisz said in a video posted to swimswam.com.

The graduate and University of Georgia freshman has come a long way to get to tonight's race.

In 2002 Kalisz was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, neurological disease that causes weakness, and in his case, paralysis, according to an article in The Print, Fallston's school paper.

Kalisz's father, Mike, told The Press Box that his son ran in the Bel Air town run and the next day was suffering from soreness.

"We thought it was just some residual soreness because of the running. The following night, he literally couldn't walk. We took him right to the pediatrician. He was semi-paralyzed. I mean this all happened in the span of 48 hours," Mike Kalisz was quoted as saying in the Press Box story.

The younger Kalisz fully recovered and soon returned to swimming.

You can watch the 2012 Olympic swimming trials at 8 p.m. June 25 on NBC.

GeoffC June 25, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I know him and very proud , about time he has gotten some recognition from the Patch!! He has been tearing it up in the swimming world the last two years!! He can win tonight and go to London but if one of the two Olympians choke tonight he is going to London for sure!!
HappieGrannie June 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Someone really needs to pass this along to JZ because they were just at the swim club to do a piece on Michael. They could have at least mentioned him.
helpussomeone June 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Congratulations to Chase and the Kalisz family! Chase, your hard work and determination has paid off. Good Luck in the finals tonight!
John Manchester June 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Fallston Fins congratulate you Chase!

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