Dec. 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – A pair of TCU men’s swimmers recorded NCAA ‘B’ cuts Saturday at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships at the Texas Swimming Center. Cooper Robinson and Luiz Azarias were the star performers for the Frogs on the final day of competition.
“We ended the meet on a very good note,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “It was a good final day for the Frogs.”
Robinson was the top competitor for the Frogs with his performances in the 200 back. The sophomore qualified for the ‘B’ final in 10th with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:44.39. Though his place went down in the final to 12th, TCU’s record holder in the 200 back improved on his time with a 1:44.13.
“He trains as well as anyone on the team,” Sybesma noted. “That shows in big meets. He was three seconds faster in the 200 back than he was at this time last season, which speaks to the progress he can make towards the end of the season.”
Azarias also starred for the Frogs Saturday, this time in the men’s 200 fly. Azarias qualified for the ‘B’ final with an NCAA ‘B’ cut of his own with a prelims swim of 1:47.66 for 15th place. The junior maintained his place in the finals while swimming a 1:47.87, also below the NCAA ‘B’ cut standard.
“Luiz was not to far away from the school record,” Sybesma stated. “He almost got a better time in finals, but it has been a long weekend of competition. We are pleased with where he is right now.”
Sara Brzozowski continued her early season success in the distance free races. The freshman finished 20th in a challenging 1650 free field in a time of 16:45.22. The time ranks second in TCU history, and he 1000 free split of 10:00.92 also moved into second in school history. Brzozowski now ranks second in TCU history in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free.
“She likes to come from behind,” Sybesma said. “She was in a really good field in Austin. For her, this is a really good mid-season meet. She had her personal best time in the 500 and has great times in the 1000 and 1650. She is right where she needs to be for the rest of the season.”
The TCU men’s distance swimmers also posted strong 1650 free times. Thor Stenfjord recorded his best mile as a Horned Frog, finishing 11th in a time of 15:32.82. The sophomore also went a 9:25.11 in the 1000 free. Sebastian Arispe took 15th and Michael Franz finished 19th.
“Thor really went after it today,” Sybesma said. “He and Sebastian both had great races.”
Mitch Adshead built off his career-best day in the 400 IM yesterday with a 2:02.06 in the 200 breast prelims. Michelle Fleming posted a really good 200 breast swim of her own, going 2:16.XX in the women’s division.
The men’s and women’s 400 free relay teams completed time trials Saturday. The women’s team of Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Mikayla Winkler and Parris Schoppa went 3:25.02, the fifth-fastest relay in school history. The men’s relay of Corey Nix, August Van Allen, Josh Mangus and Devin Price went 3:03.69.
The TCU swimming and diving teams posted 13 NCAA ‘B’ cuts across the three-day competition. The Horned Frogs also saw many personal bests by their student-athletes and many competitors move up in TCU’s record books.
The Horned Frogs return to action Dec. 15-17 at the San Antonio Classic.