Dec. 1, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas – Members of TCU’s swimming and diving teams kicked off the Texas Invitational in fine fashion Thursday inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Against some of the nation’s top competition, numerous TCU swimmers notched season-best times at the championship-style scoring event, including Sabine Rasch, who set a TCU record, and the women’s 200-free relay team that notched the second-best mark in TCU history.
Rasch, a sophomore, notched an NCAA “B” qualifying standard in the 50-free when she blazed to a 22.84. The Luckenwalde, Germany, native’s time betters her own school record of 22.90 from last year’s Mountain West Championships.
Additionally, Rasch’s time is the second-best in the league for 2011 and the first TCU record to fall this season. She also holds the TCU records in the 100-free and 100-fly. Rasch also became the second TCU swimmer to notch an NCAA “B” cut this season, joining Edgar Crespo in the 100-breast.
In the 200-free relay, Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman and Parris Schoppa touched the wall in a season-best and Mountain West-best 1:32.89 to take 10th-place honors overall. Their mark just missed the NCAA “B” qualifying standard of 1:32.76 and was less than three-tenths of a second off the TCU record of 1:32.66.
The men’s 200-free relay team also turned in a season-best performance with their 1:23.85 in the finals. The quartet of Laszlo Gyurko, August Van Allen, Ryker Saunders and Ryan Wilcox finished in 13th place.
TCU enjoyed success in the 100-fly on the men’s and women’s sides. Senior Laszlo Gyurko turned in a 48.63, which is the No. 2 mark all-time at TCU, while sophomore Amanda Vincent went 54.95 to improve on her time that was already the second-best in TCU history.
Sophomore Sebastian Arispe set a personal best in the 500-free in the prelims with a 4:30.38, only to better his time in the finals when he notched a 4:28.67. His time was good for 13th place and fifth-place in the “B” final.
Other personal bests came from Elizabeth Oster in the 200-IM (2:10.21), Van-Anh Hoang in the 200-IM (2:10.45), Matt Korman in the 200-IM (1:51.78), Van Allen in the 200-IM (1:53.82), Cooper Robinson in the 200-IM (1:54.25), Ricky Bradley on the 1-meter springboard (280.80) and Curtis Muller on the 1-meter springboard (224.70).
TCU’s 400-medley relays added season bests on the women’s side when Oster, Hoang, Vincent and Rasch touched the wall in 3:48.55 and on the men’s side when Gyurko, Crespo, Luiz Azarias and Wilcox clocked a 3:20.00
The Frogs return to action Friday morning at the Texas Invitational. Live results are available at texassports.com.