Men's Swimming posts three top-five finishes on day two at AT&T Winter Nationals
Nov. 30, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas registered three top-five finishes on day two of the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships Friday at UT's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Texas opened the night by taking fourth in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:27.53. Cole Cragin led off in 22.21 before Dax Hill split 24.56 on the breaststroke. Tripp Cooper picked up the butterfly in 21.12 before Charlie Moore anchored in 19.64.
One night after rallying to victory in the 500 freestyle, All-American Michael McBroom claimed the 400 individual medley consolation final in 3:49.13, well below the NCAA "B" cut. Austin Surhoff added a fourth-place finish in the consolation final at 3:51.24.
Cooper led the Texas contingent in the 100 butterfly, as he took sixth in the championship final in 47.18, good for a NCAA "B" cut. Aaron Gustafson took fifth in the consolation final in 48.25 after clocking 47.91 in the morning preliminary round. Kip Darmody took fifth in 48.43, while Cragin followed closely behind in 48.45.
The 200 freestyle lived up to its billing, as it featured a pair of London Olympics teammates in Texas-Ex Ricky Berens and Ryan Lochte. Berens pulled away to victory in a meet record of 1:31.96. Lochte took third in 1:33.26. Texas' Clay Youngquist placed fifth in 1:33.89, and Dax Hill, the reigning NCAA champion in the event, took sixth in 1:34.19.
Darmody added a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke consolation final in 47.30. Cragin took eighth in 48.27. Gustafson placed fifth in the "C" final in 48.51. Texas capped the night by taking second in the 800 freestyle relay, as Dax Hill, Surhoff, Cooper and Youngquist finished in 6:23.48.
Texas also sent a contingent of swimmers to the UGA Fall Invite, where Jake Ritter led the Horns by taking fourth in the 500 freestyle at 4:20.29. Sam Lewis won the 500 freestyle "C" final in 4:23.07, while Nicolas Munoz took sixth in the "C" final in 4:28.00.
Day three of the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships begins Saturday at 9 a.m. Central.