Klueh, Berens lead Men's Swimming and Diving at Texas Invitational
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas sophomore Michael Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Ricky Berens (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded NCAA automatic-qualifying times Thursday evening to lead Texas in day one of the Texas Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Texas trails first-place Arizona, 271-246 after the first day of competition, while Stanford sits in third with 186 points.
Klueh automatically qualified for participation in the 500-yard freestyle at the 2007 NCAA Championships by clocking 4:18.21 in the event and falling nearly four-tenths of a second under the NCAA qualifying standard. Junior Matt McGinnis (Raleigh, N.C.) added a NCAA provisional-qualifying time in 4:24.14.
Berens clocked a season-best time of 46.93 in the 100 butterfly for a NCAA automatic-qualifying time, and the mark would have been the top showing in the event if not for the superior effort turned in Albert Subirats of Arizona. Subirats obliterated the field, finishing in 45.06. UT junior Daniel Rohleder (Austin, Texas) took eighth in 48.64.
Berens also added a NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 1:49.22 in the 200 individual medley for eighth place in the event.
Texas contributed three NCAA provisional-qualifying times in relay events, including a pair in the 400 medley relay. Klueh joined with junior Matt Lowe (Minot, N.D.), Rohleder and senior Garrett Weber-Gale (Fox Point, Wis.) for a second-place effort of 3:14.69. Seniors Tommy Sacco (Dallas, Texas) and Tyler O'Halloran (Boardman, Ohio) tamed with Berens and McGinnis for a third-place time of 3:15.16.
Weber-Gale, Lowe, McGinnis and O'Halloran contributed one more NCAA "B" cut in the 200 freestyle relay, timing at 1:20.46 for second place.
Day two of the Texas Invitational begins Friday at 10 a.m. Central at the Texas Swimming Center. A live results link is available at TexasSports.com.