Klueh, Cooper honored by Big 12 Conference
IRVING, Texas -- The Big 12 Conference selected Texas junior swimmer Michael Klueh and freshman diver Matt Cooper as its Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, after the duo registered outstanding performances at the recent Texas Invitational.
Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) topped UT's second-oldest school record at the meet, winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 14:41.83 and breaking Matt Hooper's school mark of 14:42.02 set at the 1994 NCAA Championship. Klueh's 1,650-yard freestyle swim ranks No. 1 in the NCAA, and he also holds the nation's top mark in the 1000-yard freestyle.
Klueh also added a NCAA automatic-qualifying mark in the 500 freestyle (4:14.71) to his automatic mark in the 1,650 freestyle. Klueh clocked 3:49.19 in the 400 IM for a NCAA provisional-qualifying mark.
Cooper (Bethesda, Md.) swept all three diving events at the Texas Invitational en route to his second selection as the Big 12 Men's Diver of the Week (Nov. 8). Cooper won the 21-diver one-meter event with 328.85 points and the 20-diver three-meter event with 378.70 points.
Cooper ended the meet by capturing the 14-diver platform event with 374.95 points, topping his nearest competitor by over 60 points.
The top-ranked Longhorns return to action on Thursday, Jan. 10 when it hosts No. 8 Auburn at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.