H20 Frogs Finish UT Invite with a Bang
Dec. 6, 2003
Austin, Texas - The Texas Invitational wrapped up today with the Horned Frogs cranking out another four individual and two more relay squad B-cut times. Senior Craig Chapman also managed another NCAA consolation time.
During the third and final day, the women's 400-yard freestyle relay squad composed of senior Erin Irons and freshmen Erica Tate, Tara Sullivan, and Karen Sandifer swam the event in 3:30.56, good enough to make the NCAA B-cut. The men's portion, with seniors Aaron McLachlan, Mitch Loper, David Tietze, and freshman Yousif Del Valle also made the B-cut in 3:06.28.
McLachlan barely missed his individual cut of 1:51.79 in the 200-yard fly by swimming the event in 1:51.82. Chapman nailed his chance, however, in the 200-yard back, managing to reach the NCAA consolations with a seventh place 1:47.01 time. He proceeded to make the B-cut in the finals with a 2:04.55 time in the 200-meter backstroke. Del Valle also made his individual B-cut in the 100-meter free with a time of 52.93. Sullivan qualified for the B-cut in the women's 100-meter free with her 12th place time of 58.79.
This has been the largest group of TCU swimmers to make national
B-cuts and consolation cuts in program history. 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.
The Frogs dive back into competition in January.