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Chase Kalisz breaks U.S. record in 400 IM
Georgia sophomore Chase Kalisz, a Fallston graduate from Bel Air, won the 400 individual medley in record-breaking fashion Friday at the NCAA swimming and diving championships in Austin, Texas. Kalisz, who also swims for North Baltimore Aquatic Club, posted a time of 3 minutes, 34.50 seconds to win the 400 individual medley by nearly four seconds over Florida's Dan Wallace (3:38.17). Kalisz's time eclipsed the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and NCAA championships mark of 3:35.98 set by Michigan's Tyler Clary in 2009. Kalisz also lowered his school record of 3:36.89. "It's been a goal of mine all season long, so to finally accomplish it, I couldn't be happier," said Kalisz, who also won the title as a freshman last year. "I feel like I'm on top of the world right now. When you set goals, you have to believe in yourself. I had an idea, but luckily it worked out for me today. It feels just as good as it did last year. It never gets old."
Long named top performer at the Spring CanAms
Jessica Long, who grew up in Middle River, was named Swimmer of the Meet at the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms in Miami. Though rusty, Long won the women's 100-meter freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke and 400 free in the S8 classification. "This is not my best swimming," said Long, who prepped for the event for only four days. "I came here to qualify for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championship team and start preparing for Rio." The competition marked her return to the pool after a stint as on-camera talent for NBC Olympics' coverage of the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games on March 7-16.
Nationals put pitcher Fister on DL with strained lat
As expected, the Washington Nationals placed right-handed starter Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strain in his right lat muscle, which means the two right-handers who were fighting for the final spot in the rotation, Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan, will both be in the team's Opening Day rotation. Roark will start the Nationals' home opener Friday against the Atlanta Braves, and Stephen Strasburg will make his second start of the season, on regular rest, the following day. Jordan will make his first start of the season next Sunday. Roark and Jordan both pitched well during spring training. Manager Matt Williams said Fister would be shut down for five days to rest his muscle strain. His 15-day disabled list stint is backdated to March 23.
—James Wagner, The Washington Post
Apprentice McCarthy wins winter jockey crown
The Laurel Park winter meeting ended Saturday with apprentice rider Trevor McCarthy winning the jockey title and four conditioners sharing the trainer championship. The 42-day stand began at the Maryland track Jan. 1. Five live racing days were lost to inclement weather. The day began with Hugh McMahon, Juan Vazquez, Claudio Gonzalez and Kieron Magee tied atop the standings with 19 victories, and it stayed that way. The battle came down to the 375th and final race of the meet. McMahon and Gonzalez had starters in the finale, but neither Baby Titan nor Even Shower hit the board. The two trainers combined to go 0-for-7 on the 10-race card. McCarthy topped the jockey standings with 54 first-place finishes, 16 more than Victor Carrasco. The 19-year-old had 18 multiple-win days during the meet. The son of former rider Mike McCarthy will become a journeyman next month.
Redskins express interest in WR DeSean Jackson
The Washington Redskins are among a handful of teams that have expressed interest in former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed. The Redskins are expected to host Jackson for a visit early this week, according to a person familiar with the team's plans. The Eagles released the three-time Pro Bowl player Friday after failing to find a willing trade partner. Jackson had fallen out of favor with the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly just two years after signing a five-year, $48.5 million contract extension and just one season into Kelly's tenure with the team. Jackson posted career numbers with 82catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post