McBroom claims 1,650 freestyle at AT&T Winter Nationals
Dec. 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas senior Michael McBroom collected his second title in three nights and cruised to victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle Saturday evening during the final session of competition at the AT&T Winter National Championships.
McBroom posted a time of 14 minutes, 40.10 seconds to win the 1,650 freestyle by 16 seconds. The former NCAA champion and current school record holder in this event also won the 500 freestyle on Friday, when he overtook Arizona's Matt Barber in the final 25 yards.
"Michael is getting ready to go to the FINA Short Course World Championships in Turkey, and he needs to be pretty good. He was tonight," UT head coach Eddie Reese said. "He's really tough, mentally. He's one of the best fighters out there. He's going to swim really well this year."
Dax Hill added a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle consolation final in 43.27,
good for a NCAA "B" cut. Texas placed first through fourth in the 100 freestyle "C"
final, where Madison Wenzler led the way in 43.73. Clay Youngquist placed second
in 44.09, while Ben Anderson took third in 44.20. Charlie Moore took fourth in
Tripp Cooper paced the Horns in the 200 butterfly, where he placed seventh in the championship final in 1:47.03. John Martens added a fourth-place time of 1:48.83 in the event's "C" final.
Texas capped the night by taking second in the 400 freestyle relay, as Surhoff, Youngquist, Moore and Dax Hill finished in 2:54.06. The Longhorns went on to claim the meet's team title with 428 points.
UT also sent a contingent of swimmers to the UGA Fall Invite, where Jake Ritter took seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.15. Matt Belecanech added a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle consolation final in 1:38.35. Caden Darling placed third in the 100 breaststroke "C" final in 57.53.