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USA Swim Team practices for Olympics in Beijing
Ricky Berens of the USA Swim Team practices ahead of the 2008 Summer Olympics at the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) in Beijing, China, on August 7, 2008. Opening Ceremonies will be held August 8. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Richard ("Ricky") Berens (born April 21, 1988 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American Olympic swimmer.

At the 2007 Pan American Games, Berens won a gold medal in the 4x100 m medley, and silver medals in both the 4x100 m freestyle and 4x200 m freestyle relays.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Berens won the gold medal in the men's 4x200 m freestyle relay with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Peter Vanderkaay, setting a new world record of 6:58.56. Berens swam the third leg in a time of 1:46.29. Berens was the only member of the finals team to swim in the preliminary heats, posting a time of 1:45.47, just faster than Klete Keller's 1:45.51, to be selected to swim in the final.

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