AUSTIN, Texas, March 8. BEFORE hopping on a plane to attend fellow Olympian Matt Grevers' bachelor party in Las Vegas, Ricky Berens decided to extend his good fortunes at the American Short Course Championships with a lifetime best time in the 100-yard freestyle.
Berens, who had set the American record in the 200 freestyle last night during the final of the 500 freestyle, posted a 41.90 in the prelims of the 200 free today to get under 42 seconds for the first time in his career. His best time had been a 42.37 from last December's winter nationals in the same pool. It should be noted that Berens had to complete the final 100 yards of the race for his time to count, which he did.
Berens still has a big mountain to climb to reach the American record of 41.08, which Nathan Adrian swam in 2009 at the NCAA championships. Before last December's nationals, Berens' best had been 43.37, done as a relay leadoff at the UT Invite in December 2008.
Berens' emotions came through in his Tweet shortly after the race:
Finished of American Short Course with another best time in the 100. 41.9! So stoked with my swimming right now! In a really great place!
— Ricky Berens (@RickyBerens) March 8, 2013