Texas ex Berens wins second relay gold

Texas ex Berens wins second relay gold

Ricky Berens swam the third leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay to push the USA to the gold medal.

LONDON — Former University of Texas swimmer Ricky Berens earned his second relay gold medal on Tuesday at the Aquatics Centre as part of the winning 4x200m freestyle relay team for the United States.

Berens earned a silver medal during these Olympics with the 4x100m freestyle relay. He and fellow Longhorn Jimmy Feigen swam two legs during the qualifying heats.

Berens also won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the 4x200m freestyle relay; however, this marked Berens’ first time to swim in an Olympic relay final.

“Ricky had an outstanding effort in contributing to the gold medal for our country,” said Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving assistant coach Krik Kubik. “He always seems to be able to rise to the challenge, and tonight he most certainly did. The entire relay was superb.”

The United States never trailed in the relay final. Berens swam the third leg, and he gave Michael Phelps a lead of four seconds as Phelps began the anchor leg. USA won the race with a time of 6:59.70, the only team to finish in less than seven minutes.

Christian Schurr, a former UT All-American competing for Mexico, swam his 200m breaststroke heat in 2:14.16. He finished fourth in his heat but 26th overall. The top 16 after the five qualifying heats advanced to semifinals.