Frogs Complete Day Two of MWC Championships

Junior Kyle Callens

Junior Kyle Callens

Feb. 25, 2010




OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The TCU men's and women's swimming and diving teams garnered a bronze medal and set two school records in the second day of competition at the 2010 Mountain West Conference Championships Thursday. The men's team is currently fifth in the team standings, while the women are tied for sixth.

“We knew that Thursday was going to be one of our weaker days of the Championships,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma. “We expect to pull a lot closer tomorrow with more of the stroke events to come.”

Junior diver Kyle Callens re-wrote the TCU record from the one-meter springboard, posting a mark of 342.75 to snare the bronze medal. The Deer Park, Texas native held the previous record score of 341.62 he set at Incarnate Word in 2009. Callens registered the eighth-best tally of 304.50 during the one-meter preliminary heat.

Junior Maria Paula Alvarez broke the TCU record in the 500-free twice Thursday, as she cruised to a new program benchmark in the finals, finishing fourth in the event with a clocking of 4:50.63. Alvarez advanced into the final eight with her initial record-breaking clocking of 4:52.45 during the morning preliminary heat, slipping past Ashley Bolin’s freshman time of 4:52.89 at the 2009 MWC Championships. Sophomore Lindsey Stevens finished in 10th overall after boasting a lifetime best time of 4:57.49 during the preliminary heat.

The Frogs enjoyed a trio of men’s swimmers in the consolation heat of the 200-IM. Junior Andy Garcia-Montes paced TCU in the event, earning third place in the heat and 11th place overall with a time of 1:50.92, which sits as the fifth-best output in TCU history. Junior Edgar Peyro tapped in .01 seconds later at 1:50.93 for 12th place overall, while sophomore Friedrich Grott rounded out the group at 1:52.75 for 16th place.

Other top individual performers for the Frogs came from the senior class in Josh Bagby and Jennifer Ferguson. Bagby paced the men’s 50-free consolation heat, tapping in at 20.74 to place ninth overall. After earning 11th place in the three-meter preliminary heat, Ferguson took the top spot in the consolation heat with a final score of 289.15.

In the 200-free relay, the Purple and White’s squad of Laszlo Gyurko, Devin Price, Ben Iannacone and Bagby registered at time of 1:22.11 to claim fourth place, while the women’s team of Parris Schoppa, Katie Scarsella, Kristi Dena and Zrinka Korac slammed into the wall at 1:34.96 for seventh. The women’s clocking is marked as the fifth-fastest time in program history.

The MWC Championships continue on Friday with the 400-IM, 100-fly, 200-free, 100-breast, 100-back, platform dive and 400-medley relays. Live stats can be found at

2010 MWC Championships
Feb. 25, 2010  |  Oklahoma City, Okla.

1.    UNLV – 303
2.    BYU – 285.5
3.    Wyoming – 236
4.    Air Force – 212.5
5.    TCU – 146
6.    Utah – 136

1.    BYU – 320
2.    Wyoming - 288
3.    San Diego State – 194
4.    Utah - 166
5.    Colorado State – 141
6.    UNLV – 134
7.    TCU – 103
8.    New Mexico – 92
9.    Air Force - 41



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