Frogs End Championships with 9 School Records

Gabi Korac

March 1, 2014

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The TCU men's and women's swimming and diving teams collected three more school records Saturday on the final day of the Big 12 Conference Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center to bring their four-day total to nine school records.

"I felt like our team fought hard and we ended the meet on a positive note," TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. "It seemed like our team gained momentum throughout the entire meet."

The men's team (796 points) made up significant ground on the final day and finished second to Texas (1,071), which entered the meet ranked sixth in the nation. The women's team (525) placed fourth. Texas (1,109.5) also placed first for the women.

"Between our swimming and diving we really turned it around and it was enough to make us conference runner-up," Sybesma said.

On the day, Cooper Robinson set a new school record in the 200 back during the preliminaries (1:42.33) before finishing fourth in the finals (1:42.58).

Gabi Korac set a new school mark in the 200 breast (2:12.45) in placing third, while the men's 400 relay team (Anthony McMurry, Corey Nix, Garrett Hills and Ryan Wilcox) set a new school standard in placing third (2:58.08).

For the meet, the Frogs had six first-team all-conference performers, 21 second-team performers, made 23 NCAA B-Cuts and had a total of 39 top 5 performances.

"We competed very well," Sybesma said. "When it came right down to it our team did what we needed to do. We were able to get it into fourth gear today."

Mikayla Winkler recorded a runner-up performance in the 1,650 free (16:54.69) and Hannelore Strash (17:36.83) was seventh.

The Frog men placed three in the Top 8 in the 200 breast in Hills (2:00.44), John Remetta (2:00.64) and Mitch Adshead (2:05.15), who placed fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively.

The Frog women had three of the top 8 finishers in the 200 fly in Strash (2:01.81), Ali Bleasdell (2:02.37) and Catherine Rash (2:03.81), who went three, five and eight.

In the men's 1,650 free, Thor Stenfjord (15:28.63) was second, followed consecutive by Michael Franz (15:41.66), Sebastian Arispe (15:47.66), August Van Allen (16:43.09) and Ford Story (17:44.52).

In men's platform diving the Frogs placed third-sixth: Ricky Bradley (273.10 points); Curtis Muller (260.35); Joseph Stegeman (166.85) and Evan Folen (143.25).

In other notable performances: Lyndsie Gibson (2:00.18) and Ashley Alspaugh (2:03.64 finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200 back; Julia Grace Sanders (50.62) was seventh in the women's 100 free, while McMurry placed sixth in the men's 100 free (44.19); Ryker Saunders placed eighth in the 200 fly (1:50.18); the women's 400 free relay (Sanders, Mackenzie Schuler, Hannah Briant and Gibson) placed third (3:22.77); and Kristen Connolly (192.70) recorded a sixth-place finished in women's platform diving.



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