Jan. 23, 2013
DALLAS – TCU’s women’s swimming and diving team fell to No. 23 SMU 135-86 Wednesday night at Perkins Natatorium. The loss drops the Horned Frogs to 3-2 on the season.
“SMU has a really good team,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “It is a tough loss, especially coming off last weekend’s very good win. We are kind of fatigued from the busy schedule, but I still thought we competed well. We will be better on Friday.”
The standout performance of the evening came in the diving well from senior Katie Lybbert. The Argyle, Texas native posted a career-high score of 304.95 in the 3-meter diving competition. With that effort, Lybbert became the fourth diver in TCU history to break the 300-point mark on a six-dive list. Lybbert joins Kelly Crowell, Jennifer Ferguson and Kelly Seely in that group.
In the pool, the wins were tough to come by, but there were promising performances as the season winds down. The freshman duo of Sara Brzozowski and Mikayla Winkler had notable performances in the 500 free. Brzozowski finished second in a time of 4:59.44, and Winkler took fourth in 5:02.85.
“Getting under five minutes in a regular dual meet is a tough job,” Sybesma noted. “We are pleased with how Sara did, and Mikayla deserves credit for her effort as well.”
Katie Scarsella posted two individual second place finishes in the 100 free (52.35) and 200 free (1:52.12). She was joined by Sabine Rasch, Winkler and Parris Schoppa on the second place 400 free relay group that finished second in 3:30.56.
Ali Bleasdell posted a second place effort in the 200 IM (2:05.01). Maggie Burkhardt touched the wall in second in the 200 fly (2:06.79). Lizzy Oster also recorded a solid time in the 200 back, finishing third in 2:07.31.
TCU returns to competition Friday with a home dual meet against Texas at 4:30 p.m. Prior to the men’s and women’s dual meet at 4:15 p.m., the Horned Frogs will recognized the seniors for their contributions to the TCU program.