March 9, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – TCU had three men swim Saturday at the American Short Course Championships at the Texas Swimming Center. Luiz Azarias, Cooper Robinson and Adam Szilagyi all competed, but were unable to improve on their season-best times.
Azarias recorded two swims in the men’s 200 fly. He posted a 1:48.44 in the prelims session to buy another shot in the finals, but was unable to move up as the fatigue of one of swimming’s most challenging races got to him and he posted a 1:50.60 in the evening session.
Robinson, the Big 12 champion in the men’s 200 back, had a tough morning swim of 1:46.76, but was able to buy himself another swim in the ‘A’ final at the evening. Robinson improved on his time from the prelims session at night, but was unable to eclipse his season best mark as he recorded an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:45.86 in the evening.
Szilagyi only swam in the morning session of the men’s 200 back, posting a solid time of 1:46.00. The time was an NCAA ‘B’ cut, but was unable to improve on his season-best mark.
The waiting, for Robinson in particular, begins. Going into the weekend, the TCU coaching staff had projected that the top-33 in each event would fill the field for the NCAA Championships. Coming into the weekend, Robinson was ranked 31st nationally in the men’s 200 back. The calendar featured various Last Chance Meets along with conference championships in the Ivy League and the Mid-American Conference that could also come into play.
The NCAA will release the un-cut psych sheet on Tuesday, which will help give a better idea of where Robinson officially sits. The formal invitations to the NCAA Championships will be extended on Wednesday.