Nov. 3, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The TCU men’s swimming and diving team finished victorious Saturday with a 192-150 win over North Dakota. The Horned Frogs women were victorious over UND 277-75, but fell to Kansas 204-142. The men are now 2-0 while the women are 2-1 overall.
“It was a great finish to win the last relay,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “Kansas is a good team and did a good job. We really enjoyed swimming them. We will have to be prepared for the conference meet.”
The TCU men had another outstanding day in the pool. The Horned Frogs recorded sweeps of the top-three spots in the 400 IM and 200 back. Michael Franz was the run away winner of the 400 IM (4:05.53) followed by Mitch Adshead (4:11.81) and Grayson Whitten (4:16.21). Cooper Robinson dominated the 200 back (1:48.81) with Nelson Head taking second (1:53.18) and Josh Mangus third (1:56.25).
“Those are some of our top performers,” Sybesma said. “You can’t say enough about Cooper, he was really great in the 100 and 200 back.”
Corey Nix posted a victory in the 100 free and the 200 medley relay team of Robinson, Harrison Bui, Adam Szilagyi and Devin Price won the event in 1:35.02.
In the diving well, Ricky Bradley led the Horned Frogs men for a second consecutive day. Bradley finished second with 299.00. Sean Evans also had a strong showing, taking fourth with 274.80.
“Ricky did well,” diving coach Wayne Chester said. “His consistency paid off. Sean was a little inconsistent, but did very well.”
Sabine Rasch was able to earn her second individual victory in the 100 free. The senior and Kansas’ Haley Molden fought a competitive race, but Rasch was able to pull away in the final 25 to get the win in 51.83. Katie Scarsella also had a strong race taking fourth in 52.97.
The women’s distance race produced an exciting competition for consecutive days as Mikayla Winkler and Chelsie Miller of Kansas were neck and neck the entire way. Winkler finally began to pull away in the last 200 to win the race in 4:57.60.
“Winkler really came through on this one,” Sybesma noted. “We brought Winkler and Brzozowski in to be really good distance swimmers and they have stepped up to the challenge.”
The TCU women closed the meet with an entertaining win in the 400 free relay, with the team of Rasch, Scarsella, Winkler and Parris Schoppa finishing first in 3:28.89.
“The most fun was winning the final relays for both squads,” Sybesma noted. “It is a great momentum booster for both teams.”
Lauren Mikulecky led the TCU divers in 1-meter competition, finishing fourth in 226.50.
“Lauren was very consistent,” Chester said. “She has come along very well.”
The TCU men have quick turnaround with the Metroplex showdown against SMU on Wednesday. The meet begins at 6 p.m. in Dallas.
“It is a good thing for us to do it,” Sybesma concluded. “Our guys have a great challenge awaiting Wednesday against SMU.”
The TCU women will return to the pool on Friday for the team’s Intrasquad Meet at the University Recreation Center at 3 p.m.