Jimmy Feigen

The first two days of the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Trials in Indianapolis have been fruitful for both current and former Longhorns alike. The ultimate goal of the World Trials is to qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships, which are to be held in Barcelona, Spain from July 19 to August 4.

Former Longhorns Jimmy Feigen (2009-12) and Michael McBroom (2011-13) both earned a trip to Barcelona with a pair of runner-up finishes on the first day. Ricky Berens also has eyes turned towards the Worlds. He’s turned in two top-five finishes in as many days.

Feigen, a San Antonio native, finished second in the 100 meter freestyle to the gold medalist in the event at the London Olympics, Nathan Adrian. The field features seven Olympians. Feigen finished in 48.24 seconds, pushing him to eighth in the world, beating his lifetime best of 48.46 from the tech-suited 2009 US National Championships. He had the fasted closing 50, a 25.12 time to push past Anthony Ervin for second place. Feigen became an Olympian in 2012, winning the silver medal as part of the 4x100 meter freestyle relay. He participated in the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships last fall in Istanbul, Turkey and also won NCAA titles in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle categories in his final year at Texas.

“Winning a gold medal [at the Olympics] is the pinnacle of swimming achievement, but right behind that is winning a gold medal at the World Championships,” Feigen said about preparing for Barcelona.

McBroom clinched his trip to Worlds with a second place finish in the 1500 meter freestyle, posting a time of 14:59.12, with London Olympian Connor Jaeger taking first. It was McBroom’s first time to finish under the 15-minute mark and he now ranks seventh in the world this year. McBroom competed with Feigen at the 2012 Short Course Worlds in Istanbul, where he placed 10th in the 1500 meter freestyle. He added more accolades to his resume in March at the 2013 NCAA Championships with two second place finishes in the 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events.

Two-time Olympian and former Longhorn Berens finished fifth in the 100 meter freestyle on the first day, behind Feigen with a time of 48.68. His second fifth place finish came on the second day, in the 200-meter freestyle. Former Longhorn Michael Klueh took seventh in that same final.

Though Berens’ eligibility to compete at the World Championships next month remains unconfirmed, the two finishes he’s posted may still earn him a spot on Team USA’s freestyle relay roster; finishing fifth in both the 200-meter and 100-meter events improves his chances. Junior Clay Youngquist won the 200-meter freestyle consolation final and former Longhorns Austin Surhoff and Dax Hill finished fourth and sixth respectively.

Texas signee and Maryland native Jack Conger also had a top-five finish in the 200-meter backstroke championship final with a time of 1:56.82. The national high school record holder in the 500-yard backstroke, Conger was a finalist in the 100-meter and 200-meter events at the 2012 Olympic trials.

From left, Australia’s Christian Sprenger, South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh, and United States’ Brendan Hansen pose with their medals for the men’s 100-meter breaststroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. Van der Burgh won gold, Sprenger silver and Hansen bronze.

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After two full days of competition, three Longhorns have already acquired hardware in London.

Former Longhorns Ricky Berens and Brendan Hansen, along with senior Jimmy Feigen, all medaled in their respective swimming events.

Feigen and Berens both brought home silver for their participation in the men’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay. On Sunday morning, Feigen and Berens swam in the qualifying heat for the relay, with Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones swimming in the final.

The United States contingent was narrowly defeated by the French, who were out for revenge after losing to the Americans in Beijing in 2008. The United States was ahead throughout the race until anchor Lochte was overtook in the final 50 meters.

Sunday morning, Berens competed in the qualifying round for the men’s 200-meter freestyle event and finished eighth to secure a spot in the semifinal Sunday afternoon. Despite a faster pace, Berens finished ninth in the semifinal, one spot short of qualifying for Monday’s final. On Tuesday, Berens will compete in his final event, the men’s 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay.

Feigen is not scheduled to compete in any more events in London.

Hansen took bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke Sunday after narrowly qualifying for the finals on Saturday afternoon. He will also swim the breaststroke leg for the United States in the men’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay, which begins Aug. 3 with qualifying heats and finishes up Aug. 4.

Sunday afternoon, former Longhorn Kevin Durant led the men’s basketball team to an easy victory against France 98-71. Durant and the United States will face Tunisia Tuesday.

On Saturday, former volleyball star Destinee Hooker easily defeated her opponent from South Korea 3-1. Hooker took a another victory against Brazil 3-1 Monday evening in the second of five matches.

Jimmy Feigen is the one to watch in Omaha this week. As one of the fastest freestyle sprinters in the world, Feigen is a favorite to earn a trip to London during this week’s U.S. Olympic trials.

This past season Feigen established himself as a premier swimmer after coming home from the 2012 NCAA Championships with two individual championships and a first place relay finish. After three years of finishing in the top five, Feigen finally finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.01 seconds and first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 41.95 seconds.

With two individual crowns on his resume, Feigen is aiming for something a little bit bigger ­— a spot in London to compete against the best from around the world and a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream.

“Jimmy is probably one of the most talented swimmers in USA swimming right now. He has a great stroke and great talent,” said Ricky Berens, former Longhorn teammate. “He hates to lose. He’s very focused and internally motivated. He’s a huge asset for UT and hopefully will be at the Olympics for Team USA.”

Feigen’s solid senior season will be a huge advantage as he competes in Omaha. As a freshman in 2008, Feigen took a shot at a trip to Beijing, but was not able to make it out of prelims in his two events. He finished 28th in the 50-yard and 40th in the 100-yard freestyle events that year.

“I knew that 2008 wasn’t going to be my year, but I’ve been looking forward to 2012 my whole life,” Feigen said.

Feigen will compete for a chance to represent the United States in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events in addition to a possible relay spot. The Olympic races are considered long course races, which are done in meters, as opposed to the short course races, done in yards, seen at the NCAA Championships.

This won’t be the first time that Feigen has competed for the United States. He finished second in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships. At the 2011 World University Games in China, Feigen took home golds in the 100-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay. He currently holds a spot on the U.S. National Team.

“You can never turn down an opportunity to put on a USA cap and represent America,” Feigen said of competing for the United States. “It meant a lot to wear the USA cap. It was absolutely fantastic. It was a really humbling experience, to say the least, but also a totally fulfilling and wonderful experience.”

Feigen also holds the American record in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay, and he’s a 17-time All-American.

At Texas, Feigen holds five school records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, and 200-yard medley relay. Feigen was on the 2010 Longhorn squad that were crowned NCAA Champions.

Feigen’s major competition in the pool this week includes former University of California Golden Bear Nathan Adrian. In addition to also having individual NCAA championships in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events, Adrian currently holds the U.S. record for both freestyle event lengths. He will be competing for his second trip to the Olympics and another medal to go with his 400-meter relay gold from Beijing.

But Feigen won’t let Adrian, or anyone else, get in the way.

Earlier this summer, Feigen beat one of the best swimmers in American history, Michael Phelps, at the Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite. Feigen won the 100-meter freestyle event with a time of 48.63, a personal best, while Phelps clocked in at 49.05.

“I live for the pressure and will embrace it come trials,” Feigen said. “[I] will move the earth to accomplish my dreams.”

Men's Swimming and Diving

Senior diver Drew Livingston was named Big 12 Diver of the Year over the weekend. Texas also swept the other four Big 12 awards gi

Photo Credit: Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff

In a year that saw the Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving team earn many individual and team awards, it’s only fitting that the second ranked squad in the country claim a few more accolades at the season’s end. Texas won the Big 12 title in February and finished second at the National Championships last month.

Over the weekend, the Horns racked up a few more awards to add to a trophy case already bursting at the seams, as Texas claimed all five yearly Big 12 awards.

Head Coach Eddie Reese was named Coach of the Year, Matt Scoggin claimed Diving Coach of the Year honors, Jimmy Feigen was dubbed Swimmer of the Year, Drew Livingston was tabbed as Diver of the Year and Kip Darmody was crowned Newcomer of the Year. This is the fourth time since 2003 that Texas has claimed all five yearly awards.

Reese adds this year’s title to an already sterling resume, bringing in his seventh straight Coach of the Year honor and 10th overall during his tenure on the 40 Acres. Reese guided the Horns to their 16th consecutive Big 12 Title en route to a fifth consecutive first or second finish at the National Championships.

Matt Scoggin claimed his sixth Diving Coach of the year award in a season that saw senior divers Matt Cooper and Drew Livingston earn All-American honors and between them claim one National title, four top-four and six top-ten finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Senior Jimmy Feigen capped off what has been a prolific career at UT with his fourth consecutive Swimmer of the Year honor. The 24-time All-American earned national championships in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle relay at this year’s NCAA Championships. Feigen’s is the first swimmer in conference history to win Big 12 Swimmer of the Year four straight years.

Drew Livingston’s Diver of the Year Honor is the third of the senior’s career. Livingston won the National Championship in the 1-meter while earning three more All-American honors, enough to be named NCAA Diver of the Meet.

Freshman Kip Darmody is an emerging force for this Texas squad. He was a member of the National Champion 800-yard relay squad and earned All-American honors in the 100 backstroke. Darmody’s Newcomer of the Year honor extends an impressive streak for the Horns, as Texas has had a swimmer earn the title every year since 2003.

Printed on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 as: National runners-up sweep Big 12 awards

Editors Note: The article incorrectly ran in the Daily Texan claiming Texas was in first place after day one. Texas finished in third place after the first round of competition and we wanted to correct to make it clear. 

On Thursday, the Texas men’s swimming and diving team began the final push towards claiming an NCAA title, which would be the 11th in school history. The championship is awarded to the team that collects the most team points at the end of the three-day meet. Points are given based on finishing positions in each race.

The Longhorns entered the first event of the evening, the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the first seed. The relay team of Jimmy Feigen, Tripp Cooper, Charles Moore and Dax Hill posted a blistering time of 1:16.58 in prelims. However, during the finals for the event, the Texas men couldn’t keep a charging squad from California at bay. The Horns came in fourth to the Golden Bears, finishing with a time of 1:16.72 and earning 30 team points.

Up next for the Horns was junior Michael McBroom in the 500 freestyle. The 2011 NCAA Champion in the 1650 freestyle, McBroom finished in seventh place with a time of 4:20.11, a full four seconds slower than his preliminary time.

Still, McBroom’s finish earned 12 team points for the Horns.

In the third event of the evening, Texas sent two swimmers to the blocks in the 200 IM. Juniors Austin Surhoff and Nick D’Innocenzo finished tied for 11th and received 15th respectively, earning a total of 7.5 points for the team.

Amidst these sub-par showings, Jimmy Feigen returned to the blocks in the 50 freestyle looking to deliver a strong performance for his team. Feigen, a 23-time All-American, earned 20 points for the Longhorns and added an NCAA individual title with a first place finish in the event, posting a time of 19.01.

Not to be outdone by his title-earning teammate, senior diver Drew Livingston finished the fifth event of the evening, the 1-meter diving competition, with a first place finish. Livingston posted a final score of 448.1, beating his nearest competitor by nearly 40 seconds and on the way to earning 20 team points for Texas. Livingston is a two-time NCAA champion in the event, last earning the title as a freshman in 2009. Fellow Longhorn diver Matt Cooper competed in the event as well, earning a 10th place finish and another seven points for Texas.

In the final race of the night, the 400-yard medley relay, the squad composed of Cole Cragin, Eric Friedland, Neil Caskey and Hill looked to build upon a strong showing in preliminaries where they posted a time of 3:06.68, good enough for a second seed in the finals. In the finals, the Longhorns were able to beat their preliminary time, finishing the race with a respectable 3:05.68. However, this improvement fell short of a first place finish — the Horns wound up with a third place showing behind California and Arizona, but the relay team earned 32 team points for the Horns.

On the day, Texas finished with 121.5 points, good enough for a lead ahead of the rest of the field heading into the second day of the event. Coverage begins Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN3.

Printed on Friday, March 23, 2012 as: Longhorns at top after first day of championships

Texas moved a step closer towards extending its 15-year reign as conference champion of the Big 12 on Wednesday.

The conference championships, held in Columbia, Mo. started yesterday and will finish on Saturday. Competing for the men’s championship are the three schools sponsoring swimming programs in the Big 12: No. 2 Texas, No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 25 Missouri. Texas has won every Big 12 championship in history and will look to extend the streak to 16-straight over the course of the four-day championship.

In the first event of the evening, the 200-yard medley relay “A-Heat,” the Longhorns started things off on a good note. The Texas A-Relay team, composed of Cole Cragin, Eric Friedland, Neil Caskey and Jimmy Feigen captured the title for the Longhorns. In a fantastic finish on the anchor leg of the event, Feigen, who entered the pool trailing the field, stormed ahead of an A&M swimmer and cemented the Texas victory with a final team time of 1:25.02. This performance was nothing new for Feigen, a senior from San Antonio, who’s won 13 conference titles in his Longhorn career.

Up next for the Longhorn men was the 1-meter springboard diving competition. Senior diver Drew Livingston, who captured the title in 2010 as a sophomore, was looking to reclaim the event. Fellow senior and teammate Matt Cooper was also vying for the top spot in the field of eight divers. But in the end, it was Livingston who claimed the victory while Cooper finished in fourth place. This is Livingston’s second career Big 12 title.

In the final event of the evening, the 800-yard freestyle relay, the Longhorns looked to finish the first day of the championship in style. First into the pool for the Longhorn’s A-relay team was Dax Hill. Hill, a junior from Round Rock, faced stiff competition for much of his leg of the relay. After a tough battle for the lead, Hill pulled away, able to keep an approaching Aggie swimmer at bay, en route to finishing ahead of the rest of the field of a full body length. From that point on, Texas held onto a commanding lead and never relinquished it. The relay squad ended up finishing with a final time of 6:19.28, the fastest in the country this season.

The championship continues on Thursday with four events on the docket. With Texas’ victories on Wednesday, the Longhorns are putting themselves in a fantastic position to finish at the top of the conference once again and take the team’s winning streak into its 16th year.

Men's Swimming Preview

The No. 2 Longhorns raced to flawless finishes and a victory over No. 8 Auburn, improving to 4-1 in dual meets this season. Texas looks to bring the same intensity as they face No. 1 Arizona on Saturday in Tucson.

Against Auburn, Texas hit the water looking strong as Cole Cragin, Eric Friedland, Neil Caskey and Jimmy Feigen clocked in a winning time in the 200 medley relay.

Big 12 Swimmer of the Week, senior Jackson Wilcox swam the fastest time in the country in the 1000 freestyle, beating the mark previously held by Georgia’s William Freeman. His leadership and dominance in the distance events will help the Longhorns as they attempt to dethrone Arizona from the top ranking.

Texas took the top three finishes in the 200 freestyle with promising swims by Dax Hill, Clay Youngquist and Kyle McNeilis.

Friedland, Caskey and Feigen swept their individual events, and Cragin added to those first place finishes with a win in the 100 backstroke.

Divers Drew Livingston and Matt Cooper continued the pace and exhibited another round of stellar performances. Both left the platform with the top two scores in the 3-meter diving competition.

The Longhorns hope for another road win and a repeat of dominance as they duel the Wildcats this weekend.

Freshman Kait Pawlowicz swims the 200 fly during a meet against Georgia over winter break. The break proved fruitful for both the men’s and women’s squads as both teams came away with numerous individaul event wins, the men went 2-0 as a team and the women went 1-1.

Photo Credit: Danielle Villasana | Daily Texan Staff

The holidays are a time for fun, gifts and happiness. Winter break brought all of these for the Longhorns.

The No. 2 ranked men’s swimmers and divers were dominant over the break, defeating No. 9 Georgia and No. 7 Auburn by 35 and 30 points, respectively.

The seniors made the most of senior day in their meet with Georgia as Jimmy Feigen lead the charge by winning the 50 and 100 freestyles. Eric Friedland and Neil Caskey also won two events apiece. All three swam on the winning 200 medley relay team.

Senior diver Matt Cooper continued his impressive year with a win in the 3-meter dive and a second place finish in the 1-meter dive. Drew Livingston was the opposite in both diving events, winning the 1-meter dive and placing second in the 3-meter dive.

Other winners for the Longhorns were Michael McBroom in the 1000 freestyle, Dax Hill in the 200 freestyle, Patrick Murphy in the 200 backstroke and Cole Cragin in the 100 backstroke.

The men followed this win up the next week with their most impressive performance of the year in a dual meet with the Auburn Tigers.

“This was one of the best overall dual meet efforts by our team in a long time, maybe in the last three or four years,” said head coach Eddie Reese. “This was a great step for us. We are being led by a great group of seniors and everybody is doing a great job competing.”

Friedland and Feigen swam very well, each placing first in two events. Jackson Wilcox looked great as well, notching the fastest time in the country so far this year in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:01.22.

Cooper won the 1-meter diving event while Livingston emerged victorious in the 3-meter diving event. Other individual winners were Hill and Caskey, who won the 200 freestyle and the 200 butterfly events, respectively.

The women tasted both victory and defeat this holiday break, beating top ranked Georgia while losing to Auburn.

In an impressive effort on senior day, the Longhorns became the first team to beat Georgia in the last two years with a 155-145 victory.

“It was a great way to send off the seniors,” said head coach Kim Brackin. “They are five really great kids who have made an impact on the program, not just scoring points but the people they are so it was fun to see them enjoy that last home meet experience.”

Senior Karlee Bispo proved why she’s a captain as she swept all three freestyle events of the meet. Laura Sogar looked dominant as well, winning both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes events.

Other individual winners were Leah Gingrich in the 200 butterfly and Shelby Cullinan in the 3-meter diving event. The Longhorns also earned points with a victory in the 200 medley relay.

In the meet with Auburn, the ladies lost in a tough fashion that saw inconsistency doom the No. 4 ranked team in the nation.

Bispo who placed first in both the 200 freestyle and 200 IM events was a bright spot for the Longhorns. Other winners were Sogar, Lily Moldenhauer and Kaitlin Pawlowicz who each won an event.

Both the men and women will continue their seasons Jan. 28 in a meet with the Arizona Wildcats.

Printed on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 as: Winter break was successful in the pool for the Longhorns

Men's Swimming and Diving

The fourth-ranked Longhorns had their hopes for a repeat national title spoiled by California over the weekend.
Drew Livingston finished fifth in the platform diving event on Saturday, bringing Texas within 13 points of first place. But California went on to win the 4x100 freestyle relay, the meet’s final race, ensuring itself of the championship. The Texas team of Dax Hill, Jimmy Feigen, Miles Joye and Austin Surhoff finished fourth in the relay, delivering the Longhorns second place.

Texas’ run at the 2011 NCAA Championships was highlighted by Eric Friedland and Michael McBroom’s individual victories. But the Longhorns finished with 470.5 points, 22.5 behind the Bears. Stanford finished third.

McBroom won the 1,650-yard freestyle, and Friedland won the 200 breaststroke.

“I just wanted to get out there and go after it,” Friedland said. “I went after it, and I just held on in the last 50 [yards]. But I felt good out there. I was relaxed during the race, and it means a lot to come out and win this event.”

McBroom’s time of 14 minutes, 32.86 seconds is a new school record in the 1,650 and is Texas’ first NCAA victory in that event.

“I dropped 18 seconds from my personal best, so I was pretty excited,” McBroom said. “I was trying to hold an even pace through the whole race and bring it home at the end. It was a little better than I had planned. I had my whole team down the side of the pool, and my lap counter helped pace me the whole way.”

Feigen was runner-up in the 100 freestyle — his time of 41.66 seconds was Texas’ second-fastest time in this event ever.
Friedland was in good company in the 200 breaststroke. Nick D’Innocenzo finished third, and Scott Spann finished in sixth.

Texas finished the meet with 17 top-five finishes. Unfortanitly the multiple top-five finshes were not enough to give Texas coach Eddie Reese his 11th NCAA title. This is his ninth carrer runner-up finish at Texas. 

Men's Swimming

The fourth-ranked Longhorns had their hopes for a repeat national title spoiled by California over the weekend.

Drew Livingston finished fifth in the platform diving event on Saturday, bringing Texas within 13 points of first place. But California went on to win the 4x100 freestyle relay, the meet’s final race, ensuring itself of the championship. The Texas team of Dax Hill, Jimmy Feigen, Miles Joye and Austin Surhoff finished fourth in the relay, delivering the Longhorns second place.

Texas’ run at the 2011 NCAA Championships was highlighted by Eric Friedland and Michael McBroom’s individual victories. But the Longhorns finished with 470.5 points, 22.5 behind the Bears. Stanford finished third.

McBroom won the 1,650-yard freestyle, and Friedland won the 200 breaststroke.

“I just wanted to get out there and go after it,” Friedland said. “I went after it, and I just held on in the last 50 [yards]. But I felt good out there. I was relaxed during the race, and it means a lot to come out and win this event.”

McBroom’s time of 14 minutes, 32.86 seconds is a new school record in the 1,650 and is Texas’ first NCAA victory in that event.

“I dropped 18 seconds from my personal best, so I was pretty excited,” McBroom said. “I was trying to hold an even pace through the whole race and bring it home at the end. It was a little better than I had planned. I had my whole team down the side of the pool, and my lap counter helped pace me the whole way.”

Feigen was runner-up in the 100 freestyle — his time of 41.66 seconds was Texas’ second-fastest time in this event ever.

Friedland was in good company in the 200 breaststroke. Nick D’Innocenzo finished third, and Scott Spann finished in sixth.

Texas finished the meet with 17 top-five finishes. Unfortanitly the multiple top-five finshes were not enough to give Texas coach Eddie Reese his 11th NCAA title. This is his ninth carrer runner-up finish at Texas.