Frogs Spring Into 2005 On High Note
Jan. 20, 2005
Fans following TCU Athletics are in for an exciting spring campaign, as five of the Horned Frogs' spring sports are ranked among the nation's top 25 in their respective polls.
The men's golf team is the highest ranked TCU squad entering the spring of 2005. Coach Bill Montigel's group is ranked 10th in the country according to Golfweek magazine. The Frogs return three all-conference performers in Colby Beckstrom, J.J. Killeen and David Schultz, and have won a school record four straight conference titles. The TCU women's golf team is ranked 48th in the nation and will be looking to make its 10th consecutive regional appearance this spring.
The TCU men's tennis team, under the direction of Joey Rive, is the 17th-ranked team in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The Frogs are coming off an 18-7 season that saw them reach the round of 16 a year ago. They are led by senior Fabrizio Sestini, currently ranked 34th in the country. Sestini recently defeated the number two player in the land from the University of Illinois and has won four consecutive league awards from Conference USA. The Frogs open their spring dual slate on January 28 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The TCU women's tennis squad begins the spring season ranked 19th in the nation according to the ITA poll. Senior Story Tweedie-Yates and junior Helena Besovic are both ranked in the top 25 individually, while a pair of doubles teams are among the nation's top 60 teams. Dave Borelli's squad opens its spring season on February 5 vs. Texas State.
The TCU baseball team is picked to finish second in Conference USA, according to the league's coaches, and is the pre-season number 21 team in the land, according to Baseball America. The ranking comes on the heels of a successful 2004 campaign that saw the Frogs win the 2004 Conference USA Postseason Tournament and make their first appearance in the NCAA playoffs since 1994. TCU won a school-record 39 games a year ago and finished with a 39-26 overall record. Head coach Jim Schlossnagle's squad will be led by all-America candidates Shelby Ford and Chad Huffman. The Frogs' season lidlifter is slated for February 11 against Utah at Lupton Stadium.
The TCU Flyin' Frogs men's track & field squad is ranked 22nd in the nation in the latest Trackwire 25 power poll. With a complete new coaching staff led by Darryl Anderson, the Frogs are projected to score 11 points at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, garnering all-America certificates from Kip Kangogo in the 3000 meters, Jackson Langat in the 800 meters and from the 4x400 meter relay unit. The TCU women's track team will look to defend its Conference USA indoor title when it travels to Houston for the league meet in late February.
In addition to the anticipated success of the spring sports, the TCU winter sports are enjoying excellent campaigns. The men's basketball team is 13-5 overall and 3-1 in Conference USA action. The 13 wins already surpasses last season's win total of 12. Senior guard Corey Santee recently became the school's all-time leader in assists. He has over 1500 points and 500 assists in his four years as a Horned Frog. A strong finish could propel Neil Dougherty's team to its first post-season tournament since the 1999 season and possibly to their first NCAA bid since 1998.
The TCU women have won six straight contests to run their record to 13-5 overall and 4-0 in Conference USA play. Senior Sandora Irvin set an NCAA single game record with 16 blocked shots while picking up the school's first career triple-double (points, rebounds, blocked shots) in a recent win over UAB. A first-team all-America and National Player of the Year candidate, Irvin is closing in on becoming the all-time NCAA career leader in blocked shots. Jeff Mittie's squad is focused on returning to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fifth consecutive year.
Veteran coach Richard Sybesma has the Horned Frog swimming and diving squads on a roll as well. The women own a 10-1 dual meet record, reaching double digits in wins for the fourth consecutive season. Meanwhile the men are 6-3 in dual meet action. Both teams will be looking to defend their conference titles in Houston in late February.
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