Longhorns in London: Berens takes gold

Texas Exes are showing up in force in the pool at the 2012 London Olympics.

Ricky Berens took home a gold medal as part of the men’s 4x200 meter freestyle relay team for the United States. Berens swam the third leg of the race and gave Michael Phelps a four-second lead going into the anchor leg. The U.S. won with a time of 6:59.70, the only team to finish in under 7 minutes.

“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.”

For Berens, this was his second medal of the 2012 games, he earned a silver medal during these Olympics with the 4x100m freestyle relay. Berens also won a gold medal in 4x200 freestyle relay in the 2008 Beijing Games.

On the women’s side, former Longhorns swimmer Kathleen Hersey posted the fasted time in the 200 meter butterfly to advance to the Olympic finals which will be held Wednesday.

Team U.S.A. basketball picked up another easy win and Kevin Durant again was a key contributor. Durant posted a double-double in a 110-63 win over Tunisia. Durant had 13 points after converting 4-of-10 field goals, including 1-of-4 from three-point range, and 4-of-4 free throws while adding one steal in 23 minutes of action.

Durant also had a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Americans continue pool play Thursday against Nigeria.