Seven Nationally-Qualifying Times Pace the Frogs at UT Invitational
Dec. 5, 2003
Austin, Texas - Against extremely tough competition, the TCU swimming teams rose to the challenge and landed six individuals and one relay team in nationally-qualifying times. Juniors Scott McCure and Tiffany Strawn, sophomores Jennifer Antisdale and Leann Cathcart, and freshmen Erica Tate and Yousif Del Valle all made the grade for NCAA B-cut times, while senior Erin Irons finished fast enough for an NCAA consolation time.
The Texas Invitational is widely known for being one of the fastest meets in the country, and the Horned Frogs kicked it into high gear for the contest. A three-day meet spanning from Thursday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 6, the competition supplies the swimmers both the collegiate and the Olympic versions of each event to accommodate the 2004 Olympics.
Many of the Frogs' qualifying finishes came in the yard-measured preliminaries, although the Frogs nailed a few of the metered finals as well. Irons performed the best for TCU, finishing ninth in the 50-yard free for a 23.48 NCAA consolation-qualifying finish. Both Tate and Cathcart made the B-cut in the 50-yard free, swimming 23.75 and 23.76, respectively. In the finals Irons went on to make the B-cut in the 50-meter free with a time of 26.93.
Strawn swam a B-cut time in the 100-yard fly, finishing the event in 57.06 at 28th place, while Del Valle swam the men's portion at 29th place in 50.48, also a B-cut time. McCure swam the men's 200-yard IM for 21st place and a national B-cut time of 1:51.80 and proceeded to do the same in the meter final, qualifying in the 200-meter IM for B-cut time of 2:10.54.
Antisdale made her B-cut time in the 100-meter fly finals in 1:03.72. The last national-qualifying time for the Frogs was in the men's 400-meter medley relay, swam by junior Craig Chapman, seniors McCure and Tietze, and freshman Aran Bean. They hit the B-cut in 3:59.94.
"We swam really well," Coach Richard Sybesma said. "It's just different because we're swimming long-course meters at night, but Keleigh Wentworth swam a very good 500-yard free in the morning and 400-meter free at night. Erin Irons and Scott McCure also did very well, Erin just missing the Olympic cut in the 50 free. We're looking forward to Friday's events, with Craig Chapman swimming the backstroke."
The Texas Invitational continues today through Saturday.