Thrilling Finishes Still Leave Frogs Short
Jan. 22, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The Horned Frog men faced off against Dallas neighbor SMU tonight in tightly fought battle over the Metroplex bragging rights. Unfortunately, the Mustangs came out on top 126-117 following several exciting races.
The Horned Frogs, fresh off their previous loss to Florida, had come into the meet with high hopes to finally beat SMU after years of heated rivalry. By taking the first race of the night, the 200 medley relay, and going one-three in the event, the Frogs jumped ahead 13 to four. The winning squad of Craig Chapman, Aran Bean, Aaron McLachlan, and David Tietze swam the fastest they have all year (1:32.91) to collect the victory. However, the Mustangs took the 1000 free one-two, bringing the score within two. Yousif Del Valle and Aran Bean monopolized the top points in the 200 free, with Del Valle winning in 1:42.99.
SMU proceeded to win the next four events, the diving performance of Mustang Phillip Griffin powering them past TCU. After the hundred butterfly, SMU had pulled ahead by as many as 17 points. Del Valle came in clutch once again, however, winning nine points for the Frogs in the 100 free (47.56), followed by another needed win from Chapman in the 100 back (51.26) and a key second-place finish the race after in the 500 free (4:43.03) to earn 13 points for his team. Bean stepped up to win the 100 breast in his best time of the season, 57.37, dropping his time and his competitor by over a second.
For the final event of the night, the Mustangs and the Horned Frogs matched up for the 200 free relay, which TCU won by barely two hundredths of a second to collect the 11 points.
Even with all this miracle work, however, SMU managed to slip past with the win.
Coach Sybesma was unperturbed. "This was an awesome meet," he said afterward. "This was one of our best competitions. We didn't just challenge them -- we really gave them a run for their money, right down to the last event."
The men fall to 8-2 for the season. The 10-1 women host North Texas at 6 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 28. Both the men and the women travel to Shreveport, La., in two weeks to swim against Centenary on Friday, Feb. 6.