Feb. 24, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – TCU junior Laszlo Gyurko highlighted another record-breaking performance for TCU’s swimming and diving teams at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships inside the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center.
“Wow, six school records and a Mountain West record in one night, that’s incredible,” TCU coach Richard Sybesma said. “We’re getting great performances out of our top swimmers and divers. I’m looking forward to the next two days.”
Gyurko led off TCU’s 400-medley relay, which finished second overall, with a blazing 100-backstroke leg of 47.46 to set a TCU record, MWC Championship record and MWC all-time record. The Mountain West Conference will not sponsor men’s swimming next season.
After the Szekszard, Hungary, native’s backstroke leg, breaststroker Edgar Crespo kept TCU in front with split of 53.09, before favorite and eventual-champion UNLV pulled ahead in the butterfly leg.
Senior Rourke Barrett swam a final 100-freestyle leg of 43.82 for TCU’s collective time of 3:12.50, which is a TCU record, NCAA “B” cut and the second-fastest time in the history of the MWC.
Not to be outdone, the TCU women’s 400-medley relay team shattered the previous TCU record of 3:48.37, which had been the TCU benchmark time since 2002. This year’s squad clocked a 3:46.08.
Jennifer Oster led off for the Horned Frogs and touched the wall in a split of 57.45 for the 100-backstroke and was followed by freshman Michelle Fleming, who pulled TCU ahead in its heat with a 1:03.07.
On the 3-meter springboard, senior Kyle Callens qualified in first in the prelims with a score of 362.20, but slipped to third in the finals. The Deer Park, Texas, native led after four of six dives, but eventually finished in third with a 351.10 and his All-MWC laurels for the fourth-straight year.
Sabine Rasch’s 54.88 in the butterfly leg and Parris Schoppa’s closing 50.68 in the freestyle leg brought TCU to the wall for the final time for the TCU record and sixth-place finish overall.
Competing in her last MWC Championships, senior Maria Paula Alvarez finished third in the 500-freestyle to secure her fourth-straight All-MWC performance and improved on her own TCU record in the process.
After lowering her TCU benchmark time to 4:50.31 earlier in the day during the 500-freestyle prelims, the Cali, Colombia, native blasted into the wall in 4:48.92 for the finals for an NCAA “B” cut.
As records continued to fall for TCU, junior Ashley Bolin got in the mix for the second-straight day. After breaking her own 200-free record Wednesday, Bolin clocked a 2:03.31 in the 200-individual medley prelims for a TCU record.
The Oshkosh, Wis., native lowered her time in the finals, touching the wall in 2:02.89 to put her name atop a second TCU all-time performance list. Bolin placed sixth overall in the event.
Rasch broke her own school record in the 50-freestyle consolation finals, clocking a 22.90 to better her previous mark of 22.96. Her time would have been fifth best in the championship finals.
In the men’s 500-free, freshman Michael Franz clocked an NCAA “B” cut with a 4:28.29 in the prelims during the afternoon. That time is the fifth-best time in TCU history and puts Franz in the top five of TCU’s 500- and 1000-free lists.
Also in the 500-free, Ross Van Allen clocked a personal-best 4:33.03 in the finals as did freshman Amanda Vincent on the women’s side with a 4:58.89 in the finals.
Other athletes putting their names in the TCU record books with personal bests on Day Two were Parris Schoppa with the No. 3 time in the 50-freestyle (23.19), Andy Garcia-Montes with the fourth-best men’s 200-IM time (1:50.88) and Emily-Rose Creighton with the fifth-best women’s 200-IM time (2:04.96).
2011 Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships – Day Two
Team Scores Through Eight Events
1. BYU – 297
2. UNLV – 278
3. Wyoming – 241
4. Utah – 201
5. TCU – 177
6. Air Force – 151
1. San Diego State – 251
2. BYU – 207
3. Wyoming – 206
4. Utah – 190
5. New Mexico – 170
6. TCU – 149
7. UNLV – 141
8. Colorado State – 123
9. Air Force – 64