Frogs End Championships with 9 School Records
March 1, 2014
"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."
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.