Athlete of the Week: McBroom aims to reclaim NCAA title
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As the head coach of the dominant swim program in Texas, Eddie Reese tends to get the best recruits in the state. But once in awhile, one gets away.
Michael McBroom was one such swimmer.
“We didn’t even know he was alive,” Reese said. “Don’t tell him that.”
McBroom swam at the Woodlands. When it came time to dive into a collegiate pool, he chose Minnesota. It wasn’t long before Reese realized his mistake.
“I saw him at the Olympic Trials that year, 'whoops' is right,” Reese said. “He led the race for a while in the 1500."
Fortunately for Reese, he got a second chance.
“I got up there and it was a little bit too cold,” McBroom said. “I decided to come back down here.”
McBroom has family in Houston and decided Texas is the right place to be.
Reese's mulligan was rewarded right away. McBroom won an NCAA championship his first year at Texas in the mile. Last year he failed to defend that crown. Now in his senior season, McBroom wants it back.
"I definitely have a chip on my shoulder,” McBroom said. “I’m ready to go show what I can do.”
"He's really close to getting it right this year. He's going to be really fast," Reese said.
McBroom's already show his speed. He set an NCAA record in the 1,000-yard freestyle in February.
"I had a goal time in mind,” McBroom said. “I had no idea I was going that fast.”
"If somebody told me 8:43, I would have bet my house and both my dogs on that. No way he could do that,” Reese said. “You never know what's going to happen.”
And that includes at the NCAA championships in two weeks. But it's a good bet Reese won't wager against McBroom bringing home a second career NCAA title.