Aug. 9, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Current University of Texas swimmers Laura Sogar and Michael McBroom both won events at the 2012 U.S. Open Swimming Championships in Indianapolis this week.
Sogar, a rising senior at Texas, won the 200-meter breaststroke final on Wednesday night while setting a new team record for her hometown club, Bluefish Swim Club (Exeter, R.I.). Sogar won the event in a time of 2:25.15 to edge runner-up Andrea Kropp by a quarter of a second (2:25.40).
On the men's side, rising senior McBroom won the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:09.22) on Tuesday for his hometown club, The Woodlands Swim Team (The Woodlands, Texas). During his sophomore season at Texas, Broom was the NCAA Champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
With their first-place finishes in Indianapolis, both Sogar and McBroom qualified for the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia next summer.
A trio of Longhorns finished 1-2-3 in Wednesday's men's 400-meter freestyle final. Texas ex Michael Klueh placed first (3:49.20), McBroom finished second (3:50.71), and rising sophomore Jacob Ritter took third (3:53.09).
The five-day U.S. Open Swimming Championships conclude on Saturday, Aug. 11.