Feb. 27, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The TCU men's and women's swimming and diving teams set a pair of new school records in the third day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships on Thursday. The men's team is currently fifth in the standings, while the women's team are in seventh.
Newcomer Friedrich Grott erased the Frogs’ 100-fly record that stood for 17 years, claiming fifth place after hitting the wall at 47.99. The Potsdam, Germany, native has enjoyed an impressive week in Oklahoma City as a member of the TCU’s record-breaking 200-medley relay and also finishing fifth in the 200-IM.
Junior Ben Biefnes and sophomore Edgar Peyro both reached the finals in the 400-IM. Peyro turned in a season-best time of 4:01.24 to earned a seventh place finish, while Biefnes followed in the eighth spot at 4:02.29, besting his 10th place finish at last season’s championships.
Three Frogs clocked in top-15 times in the women’s 100-fly, led by freshman Jennifer Oster. The Engelwood, Colo., product recorded the third-fastest time in program history at 56.04 to finish in eighth place. Newcomer Zrinka Korac took the ninth spot at 56.16, the fourth-best time ever by a Frog, while junior Stephanie Futscher registered the sixth-best time at 56.79 for 13th place.
TCU’s women also stood out in the field for the 200-free, placing four swimmers in the top-15. After setting the TCU 200-free record as the leadoff leg of the 800-free relay on Thursday, freshman Ashley Bolin reset her new record Friday with a time of 1:48.61 to take fourth in the event. Kaitlyn Vann swam her personal-best time of 1:52.16 for a 13th place finish, followed by Maria Paula Alvarez (1:52.61) and Lindsey Stevens (1:52.74) for 14th and 15th place, respectively.
Freshman Laszlo Gyurko continued to impress, placing seventh in the 200-free with the third-fastest time in TCU history at 1:38.58. Sophomore Mike Majek ended in 12th place at 1:39.39, while junior Josh Bagby closed in 14th with a personal-best time of 1:40.74.
Gyurko also led all Frogs with an eighth place time of 49.57 in the 100-back, while newcomer Jack Doran (49.72) and sophomore Jeff Gettel (50.33) followed in ninth and 11th, respectively.
Ellie Bradley and Katie Rosen swam well in the 100-breast. Bradley claimed sixth place at 1:03.99, while Rosen finished in 12th at 1:04.31. Sophomore Brittney Martinez turned in the third-best 100-back time in school history of 57.04 during the preliminary heat, while finishing in 14th place during the finals with the fifth-fastest TCU time of 57.10.
Ending the night on a high note, the women’s 400-medley relay of Martinez, Bradley, Oster and Bolin earned a seventh place finish at 3:48.52, the second-quickest time in school history.
The MWC Championships will conclude Saturday with the 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, 1650-free and men’s platform dive. Live stats can be viewed at: http://themwc.cstv.com/livestats/c-swim/results/index.htm
2009 MWC Championships - Oklahoma City, Okla.
Men's Standings (Thru Day 3)
1. UNLV - 584
2. Air Force - 412
3. Wyoming - 372
4. BYU - 364
5. TCU - 272
6. Utah - 223
Women's Standings (Thru Day 3)
1. BYU - 457
2. UNLV - 397
3. Wyoming - 395
4. Utah - 366
5. Colorado State - 299
6. San Diego State- 257
7. TCU - 236
8. New Mexico - 174
9. Air Force - 93