Two Records Downed at Big 12 Championships

Katie Scarsella

Feb. 27, 2013


AUSTIN, Texas - The TCU women's swimming and diving team knocked off two school records to begin the Big 12 Championships at the Texas Swimming Center. The TCU women are in third in the team standings with 62 points after two events and the TCU men sit in third with 89 points after three events.

"Our relays looked pretty good tonight," TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. "Both our women's relays got school records and our men's team really competed well. I am happy with where we are right now getting into the individual events tomorrow."

The women's 200 medley relay team of Ali Polhill, Gabi Korac, Ali Bleasdell and Parris Schoppa finished fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:42.23, breaking the previous school record set last season of 1:42.89. Both Korac and Schoppa were members of the previous school record team.

"We had to have four really solid swims and we did," Sybesma noted.

The women's 800 free relay squad of Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Mikayla Winkler and Sara Brzozowski took third place in 7:15.12. Brzozowski nearly reeled in second-place West Virginia, but ran out of time. Scarsella has been a member of the three fastest 800 free relay teams in Horned Frogs history.

"Katie was lights out," Sybesma said. "Her 1:46.7 relay split was the fastest split we have ever had on the relay. We had good races with all four of those swimmers. I am really pleased."

In the diving well, Ricky Bradley and Sean Evans made it to the eight-man final for 1-meter diving. Bradley led the way in sixth place with a score of 290.65 and Evans was seventh with 267.35.

In the 800 free relay, the quartet of Adam Szilagyi, Sebastian Arispe, Josh Mangus and Thor Stenfjord finished third in 6:37.59. The quartet is the second-fastest in school history. Arispe and Mangus were a part of both the top two teams.

The men's 200 medley relay team of Szilagyi, Harrison Bui, Corey Nix and Devin Price took third in 1:29.03, the third fastest relay quartet in TCU history.

Competition resumes tomorrow at with prelims at 10 a.m. competition includes the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free and women's 1-meter diving. Finals at night will feature all those events plus the 400 medley relay.



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