H2O Frogs Move To Top Of Team Standings After Day Three

Feb. 25, 2005

Houston, Texas - The TCU swimming and diving team won four events on Friday night at the C-USA Championships/Invitational to move to the top of the team standings. The women's team closed the 12-point gap to head into Saturday's final day of competition tied with Tulane with 484 points. The men's squad will take a 22-point advantage over Louisville into tomorrow's action. The Frogs have 563 total points to 541 for the Cardinals.

Sophomore Yousif Del Valle picked up the first win of the day for TCU as he posted an NCAA "B" qualifying mark and meet record in the 200-freestyle. Del Valle sprinted to a personal best and the second fastest mark in school history when he finished in 1:38.45.

Fellow sophomore Aran Bean was the second winner as he repeated as the conference champion in the 100-breaststoke. Bean clocked a time of 56.48 seconds in the event to win the fifth event of his C-USA career.

The women picked up their first victory of the day in the 100-backstroke as TCU finished one-two in the event. Senior Aimee Moreau finished the race in 57.07 seconds to pick up her second C-USA 100-back title of her career, while fellow senior Tiffany Strawn placed second (57.49) to earn her second runner-up finish of her career.

The Frogs claimed the sweep in the 100-back when senior Craig Chapman won his third straight C-USA title in the event as he finished in 49.25 seconds. Freshman Jonathon Berrettini also earned all-conference honors with his third place finish as he touched the wall in 50.13 seconds.

Several Frogs earned all-conference honors on the day. Sophomore Rikki Covey was the runner-up in the 400-IM with a time of 4:25.05. On the men's side, senior Scott McCure finished third in 4:04.54.



In diving, junior Kelly McCain claimed his second runner-up performance of the Invitational. McCain finished with 464.05 points in the 3-meter springboard. On Wednesday, he was second in the 1-meter.

In the only relay of the day, the 200-medley consisting of Moreau, freshman Maribeth Pottenger, Strawn and junior Leann Cathcart finished second in 1:44.70 seconds. The time is the second fastest in the TCU record books.

The Frogs will look to close out conference and earn back-to-back titles on Saturday. Prelims begin at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m.

Women's Team Scores
1. TCU 484
2. Tulane 484
3. East Carolina 356
4. Louisville 347
5. Houston 313
6. Cincinnati 228
7. Saint Louis 167

Men's Team Scores
1. TCU 563
2. Louisville 541
3. East Carolina 442.50
4. Cincinnati 377.50
5. Saint Louis 221

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