Former Longhorn sets American record, wins silver

Posted July 31st, 2013


Former Longhorn swimming star Michael McBroom earned a silver medal and broke an American record Wednesday at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

McBroom finished second in the 800-meter freestyle behind China’s Sun Yang, last year’s Olympic gold medalist. Canada’s Ryan Cochrane was third.

McBroom’s time of 7 minutes, 43.60 seconds broke the previous American record of 7:45.63 set by Olympic medalist Larsen Jensen at the 2005 world championships.


Former UT sprinter Jimy Feigen also had a nice performance in Barcelona, qualifying second for Thursday’s final in the 100 free.

Meanwhile, ex-Longhorn Dax Hill was second in the 100 free at the U.S. Open meet in Irvine, Calif. Hill also swam for Round Rock High School.

McBroom finished his competitive career at UT in March, finishing second in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles at the NCAA championship. He also won the 1,650 as a sophomore becoming the first Longhorn to earn a gold in the event in program history.

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