Feb. 25, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – The TCU women’s swimming and diving team closed competition Saturday at the 2012 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships inside the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center.
Multiple TCU records fell for the fourth-straight day, with the Horned Frogs doing damage to the TCU record books during the preliminary competition and finals. Three of the school records set in the prelims were later bettered in the finals.
In the night’s premiere event, the 100-free, junior Sabine Rasch squared off with Boise State sprinters Stephanie North and Amber Boucher. Rasch, the 2011 MW champion in the event, led at the halfway point, but was unable to hold off the two Broncos in the closing 50 yards.
However, Rasch set a TCU all-time best mark of 48.70 (an NCAA “B” cut) in the finals, which was faster than her prelim time of 49.11, a TCU record at the time. The Luckenwalde, Germany, native is the first woman in TCU history to break 49 seconds in the 100-free.
In the 100-free consolation final, junior Parris Schoppa took top honors in a personal-best time of 50.32. Her time is the second-best all-time at TCU. Katie Scarsella’s 51.09 in the prelims was good for No. 5 in TCU history.
Sophomore Amanda Vincent was a part of the night’s most-thrilling event as she took second-place honors in the 200-fly. Vincent touched the wall in 1:58.22, just behind the first-place finisher, who timed a 1:58.08
Vincent’s time was the best in TCU history, breaking a mark she set last year at the MW Championships and is also an NCAA “B” cut. Ali Bleasdell’s “B” cut of 2:00.36, which finished fourth overall, is the third-best mark in TCU history.
Freshman Ashley Alspaugh momentarily grabbed her second individual TCU record of the weekend with a 2:00.26 in the 200-back prelims, only to see fellow freshman Victoria Thicke-Rattray top that mark in the finals.
Thicke-Rattray broke two minutes in the 200-back for the first time in TCU history, swimming a 1:59.42 in the consolation final. Alspaugh’s mark stands at second-best on TCU’s 200-back performance list, while senior Jennifer Oster clocked a 2:00.86 for No. 3 all-time.
After notching a TCU all-time best mark of 2:15.10 in the prelims, sophomore Gabi Korac blistered her time in the finals with a 2:13.85 to set the TCU record by nearly two seconds. The Zagreb, Croatia, native’s time is an NCAA “B” qualification standard and was good for third-place overall.
In the meet’s final event, TCU tallied its final school record with a 3:21.81 in the 400-free relay. Rasch, Scarsella, Ashley Bolin and Schoppa broke the previous TCU record by more than two seconds and notched an NCAA “B” cut.
Fourteen TCU records fell over the course of the week, including all five of the TCU relay records for the second-straight year at the MW Championships. Additionally, TCU grabbed 10 NCAA “B” qualification standards.
Prior to the start of competition Saturday night, Bolin was given the Mountain West Senior Recognition Award, recognizing the league’s top senior for accomplishments in and out of the pool.
2012 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship – Final Team Standings
1 Boise State 747 points
2 San Diego State 742 points
3 UNLV 551.5 points
4 Wyoming 470 points
5 TCU 374.5 points
6 New Mexico 285 points
7 Colorado State 276 points
8 Air Force 192 points