Kelly and Klueh named Big 12 Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Month
DALLAS -- The Big 12 Conference has announced the October Big 12 Swimmers and Divers of the Month Friday. The student-athletes were chosen by a vote of the league's head swimming and diving coaches.
Trin Aljand (Texas A&M) earned the Women's Swimmer of the Month award while Kathryn Kelly (Texas) was named Women's Diver of the Month. This marks the first regular season award for both Aljand and Kelly. For the males, first-time honoree Michael Klueh (Texas) earned the Men's Swimmer of the Month honor and Evan Watters (Missouri) was named Diver of the Month for the second time in his career.
Kelly, a freshman, placed first in both the one and three-meter dives against Stanford on Oct. 29. On the one-meter springboard she posted 266.85 points and earned 295.42 points on the three-meter. Against Missouri, Kelly (Longwood, Fla.) placed first in the one-meter with 299.85 points and second on the three-meter with 285.
In his first two collegiate meets, Klueh put together a string of nine consecutive wins, while qualifying under the B Standard in both the 1650 free (15:25.32) and 800 free (6:36.05). At the Big 12 Relays, Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) helped the Longhorns to a first place finish and earned top honors in the 3x100 relay (2:30.22), 3x500 relay (13:37.15), 4x100 free relay (3:01.97), 4x100 medley (3:23.14), 2x400 relay (6:46.63) and 200x400x200 IM (7:56.20).
In their last time out, the seventh-ranked University of Texas women's swimming and diving team fell to 1-1-1 on the season after No. 4 Stanford (2-0) defeated the Longhorns, 156-192, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Kelly and the Texas women's team will be in action again on Nov. 4 when they head to Dallas to face Southern Methodist in dual meet competition.
In their last outing the University of Texas men's swimming and diving teams defeated Florida, 243-127, but fell to California, 162-208, in dual meet action at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
The Longhorns saved their best for last, winning the last event of the meet, the 800-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 6:36.05. The relay team of Klueh, junior Garrett Weber-Gale, sophomore Caleb McDermott and sophomore Matthew McGinnis qualified under B standard.
Klueh and the UT men's team will return to the pool on Nov. 11-12 when they head to Southern California for a dual meet with the Trojans.