Down to the Wire Finish Leaves Men Undefeated
Oct. 31, 2003
Harrisonburg, Va. - A fast and furious final event decided a neck and neck battle for the men's victory today, with host James Madison nearly overcoming the visiting TCU Horned Frogs. The Frogs maintained their unbeaten status, however, and won 126 to 117, while the women safely coasted to a 139.5 to 94.5 win.
The Horned Frog women won nine of 10 events to claim the victory, sparked by the 400 medley relay team of Aimee Moreau, Leann Cathcart, Erica Tate, and Karen Sandifer. Keleigh Wentworth won three events: the 500 free (5:12.20), the 1000 free (10:25.77), and the 200 butterfly (2:08.29), claiming 27 points for the Frogs.
Karen Sandifer collected nine points in the 200 free, swimming a first-place 1:54.2, while Erin Irons again claimed the 50 free title in 23.99 in addition to her first-place 100 free finish in 53.05. Tiffany Strawn nabbed the 200 IM crown in 2:13.00 while Kelly Seely picked up the three-meter diving event with 268.05 points. Moreau collected an individual first-place finish in the 200 back in 2:08.23.
It was not so clear-cut for the men; although Aaron McLachlan won the 200 fly in 1:55.67 and Stephen Gebren tallied a first-place 279.15 score, most events featured a Bulldog finishing first. What made the difference was the fact that the first-place Bulldog was followed by four Horned Frogs in scoring positions, evening out the single finisher. The deciding event came down to the 400 free relay, featuring Yousif Del Valle, Brent Norcross, Collin Sandifer, and David Tietze. They pulled in the key 11 points to put TCU in the winner's circle.
With the wins, the women stand at 3-1 while the men are flawless at 3-0. The Horned Frog women return to action next weekend at the Rice Invitational, spanning both Friday and Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The men do not compete again until the Frogs host Centenary and Louisiana-Monroe Friday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. All times Central.