Feigen officially named to Olympic team and McBroom takes seventh in 1500m
July 2, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. -- Jimmy Feigen has officially been announced as a member of the United States Olympic swimming team, giving the Texas men's swimming program four athletes heading to the 2012 London games.
Feigen had been awaiting word on whether we would make the team for sure since Friday when he finished fifth in the 100 freestyle. Due to several athletes making the team in multiple events, Feigen earned a spot on the roster.
Texas now has five athletes from the men's swimming and diving program heading to the Olympics. Along with Feigen will be Ricky Berens (USA) in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays, Brendan Hansen (USA) in the 100 breaststroke, Christian Schurr (USA) in the 200 breaststroke and Troy Dumais (USA) in both the 3-meter and 3-meter synchronized diving events.
Also being added to the team were Jason Lezak in the men's 400 free relay, Matt McLean and Charlie Houchin in the men's 800 free relay; Amanda Weir and Natalie Coughin in the women's 400 free relay and Shannon Vreeland and Alyssa Anderson in the women's 800 free relay.
The lone athlete competing on the final day of Olympic Trials for Texas was Michael McBroom in the finals of the 1,500m freestyle. It was the second time McBroom and the other seven swimmers in the finals had swam the distance event in two days. In NCAA meets the athletes do not swim prelims for the event.
"I had only done that two other times," said McBroom. "It was a learning experience, but I wasn't happy with my time."
McBroom was in second place from the 150-meter mark until a little over a third of the way through the race when the other competitors started to move forward at the 600 mark. He slid back to the middle of the pack where he was at the halfway point. He fell back into a battle for seventh late in the race and came away with it, touching the final wall in 15:14.85.
"I tried to get out fast and distance myself and when others made a move I tried to go with them but couldn't," said McBroom.
McBroom made the finals in each of his two events at Olympic Trials as he also placed eighth in the 400 freestyle.
"For it being my first Olympic Trials I am happy with making the finals in both events but I am not happy with my performances in either finals," said McBroom. "I can use it as motivation and build on it going in to next season."
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