Sept. 23, 2017
FORT WORTH -- The TCU men's and women's swimming and diving teams hosted the UT Permian Basin Falcons on Saturday for the season and home opener. The women won 132-94, while the men won 143-73.
WOMEN PILE UP SWEEPS
TCU's women picked up six wins in the individual events and swept the top three spots in all six.
The women also recorded one win in a relay, the 200 medley. The tandem of Ruby Powell, Devin Newton, Claire Munster, and Madie Sandberg took the top spot and were followed by Elise Forzley, Chloe Miller, Micaela Roemer, and Emily Gibson.
Munster picked up two wins in the meet. In addition to the 200 medley relay, the sophomore sprinter won the 100 freestyle.
PAIR OF SENIORS LEAD THE MEN
The men's team won five individual events, including three sweeps.
In the 200 medley relay, Darian Nezami, Jakub Swierczynski, Carlos Hunnicutt, and Matthew Brewer took home the win, narrowly beating out fellow Horned Frogs Brendan Barry, Migs Martin, John Smith, and Weston Miller.
Hunnicutt and Swierczynski both won an individual event in addition to the relay, with Hunnicutt winning the 200 freestyle and Swierczynski winning the 50 freestyle.
Radu Duican was the lone freshman to win an individual event, winning the 100 freestyle.
For the women's team, four freshmen finished second in individual events, with Sally Clough in the 200 butterfly, Katelyn Kenchel in the 50 freestyle, Miller in the 100 freestyle, and Kiki Rice in the 200 freestyle.
FIRST CAREER WIN
Saturday's wins over the Falcons were the first wins in Sam Busch's career as a head coach. After being the assistant head coach at the University of Virginia, Busch took over the TCU program after the retirement of long-time head coach Richard Sybesma.
"I was happy the way we raced all weekend... Depth is so important in this sport, because this is a team sport. We're exploring all options of what events our swimmers can compete and the range they have... The freshmen are doing well. Learning new concepts and terminology is hard, so I applaud them for applying what they're learning... It's tough to get up and race after you raced the day before and we still have a lot to learn about getting our bodies ready, but I think we did a good job today getting ready."
The Horned Frogs will resume action at the Florida International University invitational, scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.