Longhorns Take Lead Into Final Day
March 28, 2009
Courtesy of Texas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas quartet of juniors Dave Walters and Ricky Berens, sophomore Scott Jostes and senior Michael Klueh ended day two of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships with a thrilling victory in the 800-yard freestyle relay that set new American, NCAA, NCAA meet and U.S. Open records Friday at Texas A&M's Student Rec Center Natatorium.
The relay, one of three American record-setting efforts on the day for Texas, marked UT's first victorious 800 freestyle relay at the NCAA Championships since 2003 and regained the overall team lead for the Longhorns after the second day of action.
Auburn led Texas by a 320-308 count heading into the relay, but the Longhorns collected 40 points with the win and assumed a narrow lead going into the final day of competition with 348 points. Auburn sits in second with 342 points, and Stanford holds third with 298.5 points. California is in fourth with 239 points, and Arizona is in fifth with 229 points.
Walters (Yorktown, Va.) led off the 800-yard freestyle relay in 1:31.72 to break his previous American record of 1:31.83 in the 200 freestyle. Berens (Charlotte, N.C.) followed in 1:32.15 before Jostes (Chesterfield, Mo.) picked up the third leg in 1:33.20. Arizona's Joel Greenshields nearly caught up with Texas' Klueh (Evansville, Ind.) going into the final 50 yards, but the Longhorns' senior out-split Greenshields by over a second in the 50 yards and finished with an anchor of 1:33.09 to bring the Horns home in 6:10.16.
The relay broke the NCAA, American and U.S. Open records of 6:10.55 set by Texas' Walters, Klueh, Berens and Matt McGinnis at the 2008 Big 12 Championships, as well as the NCAA meet record of 6:12.85 set by Arizona at the 2008 NCAA Championships.
Texas opened the day two finals with by taking fifth and setting a new American record in the 200-yard medley relay. Jostes led off in 21.44 before senior Agustin Magruder split 23.92 on the breaststroke. Junior Hill Taylor (Birmingham, Ala.) picked up the butterfly in 20.12 before freshman Jimmy Feigen anchored in 18.49, as Texas produced a mark of 1:23.97.
The swim broke the previous American record of 1:24.00 set by Texas-Exes Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker and Neil Walker at the 2006 American Short Course Championships in Austin. It broke the school record of 1:24.23 set by Taylor, Magruder, junior Ricky Berens and Feigen set last month at the Big 12 Championships.
Sophomore Bryan Collins (Mt. Airy, Md.) followed by taking seventh overall in the 400 individual medley at 3:43.20. Collins smashed his school record in the afternoon preliminary round with a time of 3:41.21. Taylor went on to land his second consecutive All-America finish in the 100 butterfly, where he took fifth in 45.48. Earlier in the day, Taylor registered the second-fastest 100 butterfly swim in UT history at 45.40.
Texas piled up 56 points by landing four Longhorns in the 200 freestyle finals. Walters took second at 1:32.59, and Berens took third at 1:32.74. Klueh placed seventh at 1:34.25, and junior Peter Jameson (Indianapolis, Ind.) took eighth at 1:34.52.
Senior Agustin Magruder added five points for Texas by taking fourth in the 100 breaststroke consolation final in 52.97. In his third swim of the night, Taylor took third in the 100 backstroke in 45.41 to add another 16 points to the Texas tally. Jostes placed sixth in 46.76 to add three points for the Longhorns' tally.
One night after winning the NCAA one-meter diving title, freshman diver Drew Livingston (The Woodlands, Texas) took sixth in the three-meter consolation final with 372.25 points. Senior Jonathan Wilcox (Bellevue, Wash.) just missed the three-meter consolation final after placing 17th in the preliminary round with 358.90 points.
The third and final day of the 2009 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships begins Saturday at noon Central.
2009 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships - Day 2 Texas Finals Results
200 Medley Relay - Championship Final 5. TEXAS (Jostes 21.44, Magruder 23.92, Taylor 20.12, Feigen 18.49) - 1:23.97 (American record)
400 IM - Championship Final 7. Bryan Collins - 3:43.20
100 Butterfly - Championship Final 5. Hill Taylor - 45.48
200 Freestyle - Championship Final 2. Dave Walters - 1:32.59 3. Ricky Berens - 1:32.74 7. Michael Klueh - 1:34.25 8. Peter Jameson - 1:34.52
100 Breaststroke - Consolation Final 4. Agustin Magruder - 52.97
100 Backstroke - Championship Final 3. Hill Taylor - 45.41
100 Backstroke - Consolation Final 6. Scott Jostes - 46.76
Three-Meter Diving - Consolation Final 6. Drew Livingston - 372.25
Three-Meter Diving - Preliminary Round 14. Drew Livingston - 371.15 17. Jonathan Wilcox - 358.90
800 Freestyle Relay - Championship Final 1 TEXAS (Walters, 1:31.72, Berens 1:32.15, Jostes 1:33.20, Klueh 1:33.09)- 6:10.16 (new NCAA, NCAA meet, American, U.S. Open, UT records)