IRVINE, Calif. -- Former University of Texas All-American Brendan Hansen rewrote his world record in the 100-meter breaststroke Tuesday evening at the 2006 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, capping a tremendous day for current and former Longhorns.
Hansen clocked 59.13 in the evening finals to top his previous world-record time of 59.30 set at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif. Hansen had timed at 59.87 in the preliminary round.
A quartet of returning Longhorns captured the national title in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, as junior Jeremy Harris (St. Paul, Minn.), senior Garrett Weber-Gale (Fox Point, Wis.), junior Daniel Rohleder (Austin, Texas) and senior Poston Pritchett (Durham, N.C.) completed the relay in 3:24.14. The UT quartet edged its nearest competitors by nearly two seconds.
Junior Matthew Lowe (Minot, N.D.), senior Tyler O'Halloran (Boardman, Ohio) and Christian Schurr (Austin, Texas), who recently completed his collegiate eligibility at UT, joined the aforementioned Hansen in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke. Lowe took third in 1:01.12, while O'Halloran placed fifth in 1:02.37 and Schurr took sixth in 1:02.53.
Sophomore Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) added another top-five finish for the Longhorns, as Klueh took fourth in the 400-meter freestyle in 3:50.63. Senior Blake Copple (Boise, Idaho) placed 57th in the preliminary round in 4:04.18.
Day two of the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships begins Wednesday at noon CDT.