Feb. 18, 2012
HOUSTON – TCU’s men’s swimming and diving team completed a highly-successful week at the Conference USA Invitational on Saturday evening inside the University of Houston’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
Senior Edgar Crespo, sophomore Michael Franz and freshman Cooper Robinson were the top performers for the Horned Frogs on day four of the event, claiming event wins in the 200-breast, 1650-free and 200-back, respectively. Along with their wins, the Frog swimmers also set TCU records.
Franz got things started on the night for TCU, notching an NCAA “B” qualifying standard of 15:23.38 in the 1650-free. He took down his own previous TCU all-time mark in the event of 15:26.70 by more than three seconds.
The Carmichael, Calif., native’s led a TCU 1-2-3 finish in the meet’s longest distance while also setting a TCU record with his 1000-free split of 9:15.17. Sebastian Arispe was second in the 1650-free with a NCAA “B” qualifying time of 15:27.91 and Thor Stenfjord was third in 15:34.41, giving TCU the lead atop the team standings for the time being.
Robinson helped TCU extend its lead in the next event when he won the 200-back by more than two seconds. His 1:43.41, an NCAA “B” cut, in the finals bettered the TCU record of 1:44.62 he set in the preliminary competition.
The 200-back was the second 1-2-3 finish on the night for TCU as Laszlo Gyurko finished second in 1:45.51 (No. 2 all-time mark at TCU and an NCAA “B” standard) and Josh Mangus touched the wall third in 1:46.97 (No. 5 all-time mark at TCU).
Crespo was next to turn in a strong performance for the Frogs when he shattered his own TCU record in the 200-breast. The Panama City, Panama, native took first-place honors with a 1:56.30. His previous best mark was a 1:57.91. Crespo was named Swimmer of the Meet after his titles in the 100- and 200-breast.
Freshman Matt Korman turned in the second-best time in TCU history in the same event with a 1:59.28. Crespo and Korman both notched NCAA “B” qualifying standards in the event.
SMU was able to seize control of the team race with a win in the 200-fly, but sophomore Luiz Azarias did not go quietly for the Frogs. He put himself at No. 2 on TCU’s all-time 200-fly list with a 1:47.85, good for an NCAA “B” cut.
In the other individual swimming event of the night, junior Devin Price paced the Frogs in the 100-free. He clocked a 44.47, which is the third-best time in TCU history. For the 400-free relay, Gyurko, Ross Van Allen, Arispe and Price clocked an NCAA “B” cut of 3:00.35, which is the No. 5 all-time mark at TCU. Gyurko's leadoff leg of 44.25 was the No. 2 all-time 100-free time.
For the week at the Conference USA Invitational, TCU set 10 school records over the four days of competition. Edgar Crespo (100-breast and 200-breast) and Michael Franz (1000-free and 1650-free) set two TCU records each, while three relay records were set. Also, TCU swimmers tallied 18 NCAA “B” qualifying standards.
Conference USA Invitational – Final Team Standings
1 SMU 1008 points
2 TCU 972 points
3 East Carolina 730 points