No. 6 Men's Swimming and Diving falls to No. 1 Auburn, 122-121
AUSTIN, Texas -- Rookie Michael Klueh's three first-place finishes were not enough as the University of Texas men's swimming and diving team fell to top-ranked Auburn, 122-121, in dual meet action Friday evening at the Texas Swimming and Diving Center in Austin.
Texas falls to 2-2 on the year while Auburn moves to 3-0 on the year.
Klueh shined in the loss with wins in the 500-yard freestyle (4:27.91), 1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly (1:37.24). His time of 1:47.27 in the 200-fly was his fastest of the season and qualifies for NCAA Championship consideration.
The Longhorns were leading the Tigers, 105-83, with only the 3-meter diving, 200-yard breaststroke and 400-freestyle relay events left in the dual meet, but were unable to come away with the victory.
Texas won the opening event, the 400-yard medley relay with a provisional NCAA qualifying time of 3:16.19, then followed it up with first place finishes in the 1,000 yard freestyle by Klueh and in the 200-yard freestyle by Matthew McGinnis with a time of 1:37.24.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Garrett Weber-Gale took second with a time of 20.33 and Tyler O'Halloran took third with a time of 20.60.
David Donaldson took third in the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.71), and Weber-Gale and McGinnis swept the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 44.00 and 44.43, respectively.
Caleb McDermott won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:44.68 and Christian Schurr took second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of NCAA consideration time of 1:59.34.
Texas will return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host No. 12 Georgia in a dual meet at the Texas Swimming Center in Austin.