Ricky Berens

Charlotte, N.C.
BIRTHDATE    April 21, 1988
HEIGHT    6' 2" (188.0 cm)
BIRTHDATE April 21, 1988
HEIGHT 6' 2" (188.0 cm)
Longhorn Aquatics (TXLA-TX)
Edwin Reese

  • Two-time Olympian (2012, 2008)

  • Three Olympic Games medals (2g, 1s)

  • Five World Champs LCM medals (4g, 1s)

  • High School South Mecklenburg HS '06

  • College University of Texas '10

  • College Major Finance

  • Future Professional Aspirations Career in athletics

  • Parents John and Leslie ... father is a CPA and mother is a swim and volleyball coach ... Leslie played volleyball for Miami of Ohio

  • Sibling(s) Older sister (Jessica) ... younger brother (Tim) who swims for South Carolina

  • Started Swimming Age 4 ... was always at the pool during the summer

  • Sports Played Before Swimming Soccer, golf

  • Pet(s) One dog (Mika), who is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

  • Hobbies Outside the Pool Golf, video games, surfing

  • Most Influential Person Parents ... "They have always been there for me and are always supportive no matter what happens. They both are great people and parents and I look up to them a lot."

  • Affiliated non-profits or Organizations Tyler's Treehouse, Dave Thomas Foundation ... "I like to support and help the families and friends that have helped support me over my career, and this is the perfect opportunity to help me give back."

  • Training Stats Trains 6,000 yards per day ... 2-4 hours a day, 6 days a week

  • More Superstitions: lucky googles and golf balls

  • Favorites Movies: 300, Superbad, Supertroopers, Knocked Up ... tv: Sportscenter ... music: O.A.R., Umphrey's McGee, Counting Crows, Dispatch ... sports moments: winning the 2010 NCAA men's swimming championship and a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics ... holiday tradition: Christmas Eve the family goes to evening church, a big dinner out, then secrect Santa at home

Career Highlights
  • Won gold in the 800m free relay and silver in the 400m free relay (prelims) at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona
  • Qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships with fourth-place finishes in the 100m and 200m free at Phillips 66 Nationals
  • Won two medals in the 2012 Olympic Games
  • Grabbed gold in the 800m Free Relay and took silver in 400m Free Relay
  • Qualified for the 2012 Olympic team by finishing third in the 200m free
  • Won gold as part of the 4x200m free relay at the 2011 FINA World Championships
  • Placed third in the 200m free and eighth in the 100m free at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships
  • Took second with the 4x200m free-relay team at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships
  • Part of the gold medal-winning 800m free-relay team at the 2010 MOO Pan Pacific championships
  • Earned a gold medal and set a world record as a member of the 800m free relay at the 2009 FINA World Championships
  • Won two bronze medals at the 2009 NCAA Championships in the 200y IM and 200y free
  • Earned a gold medal and set a world record in the 800m free-relay at the 2008 Olympic Games
  • Member of the gold medal-winning 400m Medley Relay at the 2007 Pan Ams
  • Placed second in the 200y IM at the 2008 NCAA Championships
  • Member of the American record-setting 800y free-relay team at the 2008 Big 12 Championships
Olympics History
  • 2012: Gold, 4x200m FR-R (pr); Silver, 4x100m FR-R; 9th, 200m FR
  • 2008: Gold, 800m FR-R
World Champs History
  • 2013: Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 400m FR-R (pr)
  • 2011: Gold, 800m FR-R
  • 2009: Gold, 800m FR-R (WR); Gold, 400m FR-R (pr)
Pan Pacs History
  • 2010: Gold, 800m FR-R
Pan Ams History
  • 2007: Gold, 400m MR; Silver, 400m & 800m FR-R; 5th, 100m FL
SC Worlds History
  • 2010: Silver, 4x200m FR-R
Duel in the Pool History
  • 2011: 1st, 100m FR; 1st, 200m FR; 1st, 4x100m FR-R
Olympic Trials History
  • 2012: 3rd, 200m FR; 4th, 100m FR
  • 2008: 3rd, 200m FR; 12th, 100m FL; 16th, 100m FR
  • 2004: 21st, 200m FL; 27th, 200m FR; 28th, 100m FL
U.S. Nationals History
  • 2013: 5th, 100m FR; 5th, 200m FR

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