TCU Knocks Off SMU In Home Thriller

Oct. 28, 2015

FORT WORTH – The TCU men’s swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 after edging out a late win over SMU 152-148. SMU held a five-point lead heading into the final event of the meet, but a split-second finish in the winner-take-all race gave the Horned Frogs their third win in program history against the Mustangs.

“This was a top-five win in our history,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “SMU put up a tough fight, and it was a hard-fought battle.”

The Frogs trailed by 16 points late in the meet. Before the final event, freshman Tommy Thach put TCU in a position to win after securing a first-place finish in the 200 IM (1:51.96). Thach then anchored in the winner-take-all 400-yard freestyle relay.

“Tommy being able to win the 200 IM and then come back to anchor the relay was phenomenal.” Sybesma said. “That couldn’t have been a better ending for us.”

Sophomore John Smith led off the 400-yard freestyle relay, followed by junior Garrett Hills and freshmen Leo Sanchez and Thach. The team clocked in at 3:04.35. SMU’s relay team finished closely at 3:04.97.

“We were fortunate to win. We had guys that really wanted to take the victory,” said Sybesma.

The ending of the meet erupted with cheers from the crowd and an enthusiastic team.

“It was loud in here during that last relay,” said Sybesma. “I think this is a great momentum boost for our team going forward.”

Junior Chris Hearl, senior Ford Story, Smith and Hills opened the meet with a first-place time of 1:31.49 in the 200-yard medley relay. Their time marked a season-best for the Frogs.

Sophomore Connor Dobbs followed the relay victory by placing first in the 1000-yard freestyle, clocking in at a career-best 9:31.73. SMU won the next two events before Story finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke at 56.15.

In the 200-yard fly, sophomore Carlos Hunnicutt earned a top time of 1:50.92, with sophomore Matt Spallas placing second at 1:52.61.

John Remetta, a junior from Southlake, Texas, finished the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:05.06, good for first place.

“I was very proud of our team," said Sybesma. "We’re going to enjoy this victory."

The men will return to action on Nov. 6 when they travel to Ames, Iowa to compete against Iowa State and South Dakota.



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