March 1, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – It was another big night of school records, NCAA ‘B’ cuts, and big finishes for the TCU swimming and diving teams at the Big 12 Championships at the Texas Swimming Center. The TCU women are in third with 369 points, only six behind West Virginia for second. The Horned Frogs men are third with 496 points, sitting 55 back of West Virginia.
“Today was a big day for the Frogs,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “We are six points away from second on the women’s side. That last relay coming in second was uplifting for the women’s team. We had many good depth swims. We looked so good in the 400 IM and 100 back on the guys side. We still have a big chore tomorrow.”
The women’s 200 free relay closed out the evening with TCU’s first silver medal of the championships. The quartet of Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Mikayla Winkler and Parris Schoppa finished second in 1:32.72.
Corey Nix earned the bronze medal in the men’s 100 fly with a swim of 48.85. His third-place effort is TCU’s top individual placing up to this point at the Big 12 Championships. He was joined in the final by Luiz Azarias (fifth, 49.31) and Ryker Saunders (seventh, 50.46).
“Corey has gained a lot of experience to go with added training,” Sybesma noted. “He has the power to finish a race and he has the speed to go out. I could not be happier for him, it was a great swim.”
Adam Szilagyi was the man to take down the first TCU men’s school record of the meet during his fourth place finish in the men’s 100 back with a time of 47.20. Cooper Robinson became the third man in TCU history to go below 48 seconds in the 100 back with his fifth-place 47.95 in finals. Both Szilagyi and Robinson went below the NCAA ‘B’ cut in prelims and finals. Josh Mangus was right behind in sixith in 49.28.
“Adam and Cooper train with each other and push each other,” Sybesma said. “One is good for the other and they help each other get better.”
Ali Bleasdell continued her busy, school record-breaking week with a fourth-place finish in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 4:18.21. That was her fourth broken school record of the meet and second NCAA ‘B’ cut of the week. She was joined in the final by Emily Rose Creighton (sixth, 4:22.53) and Sara Brzozowski (seventh, 4:23.56).
“Ali’s focused on her technique,” Sybesma stated. “She is hard trainer and she has started to train her technique as well which has helped her swims.”
Scarsella took apart the previous school record in the women’s 200 free. In prelims, the senior from Austin qualified with a then-school record time of 1:47.25. In finals, she raised her performance to become the first Frog to go below 1:47 with her sixth-place 1:46.93. Both times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
Ricky Bradley put up a big performance for the Horned Frogs on the men’s 3-meter diving finals. Bradley’s consistency continued to pay dividends with a fourth place finish with a career-best score of 347.85. Sean Evans finished in seventh with a career-best score of 312.50.
Gabi Korac tied her school record in the women’s 100 breast final, finishing fifth in 1:02.87. On the men’s side, Harrison Bui was also fifth in the 100 breast, going in 55.61. Rasch also earned a point for the Horned Frogs in the women’s 100 fly with an eighth-place finish in 54.66.
The Frogs saw four men in the top-seven of the men’s 400 IM with Mitch Adshead leading the way in fourth at 3:53.96. Michael Franz followed in fifth (3:55.36) with Thor Stenfjord sixth (3:56.91) and August Van Allen (4:04.55).
Tomorrow marks day four and the final day of the Big 12 Championships. Prelim swimming events begin at 10 a.m. with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. Women’s platform prelims start at 12:15 p.m. and men’s platform prelims are at 2:45 p.m. the finals of the women’s platform event will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the men’s platform will take place during swimming finals. The meet will close with the relay of the day, the 400 free relay.