The roar from the sellout crowd at CenturyLink Center had finally abated, but a stunned expression lingered on Chase Kalisz’s face.
For a moment, the 22-year-old looked as though he didn’t quite believe what happened Sunday during the first day of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. He wasn’t the only one.
Kalisz rallied to swim past defending Olympic champion Ryan Lochte — hampered by a groin injury — and win the 400-meter individual medley to earn a spot in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
“The whole thing went by so fast,” Kalisz said. “I feel like I’m in a different reality.”