Dec. 14, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU swimming and diving team had a strong showing in day one of its two-day dual with Missouri State in Tulsa, Okla. The unique meet situation included a combined training session followed by a free swimming clinic hosted by both teams.
In a unique meet situation, the Horned Frogs began the day with a combined training session at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. During training, both the men's and women's teams had the opportunity to break down into stroke groups and complete practices led by the coaching staffs from both universities. Despite difficult practices, both teams rallied together and cheered each other on.
Once meet competition began, the TCU women came out strong out of the gate with the relay team of Julia Grace Sanders, Ali Bleasdell, Mackenzie Schuler and Hannah Briant posting a first-place finish with a 1:36.21. First place finishes were also posted by Bleasdell (50 butterfly and 200 IM), Mikayla Winkler (200 freestyle) and Ashley Alspaugh (100 backstroke).
Sophomore transfer Lyndsie Gibson led the Horned Frogs in a 1-2-3 sweep of the 1000 freestyle. Gibson finished first with a 10:20.53, Sara Brzozowski took second with a 10:24.88 and Carley Stevens finished third with a 10:28.77. The relay team of Gibson, Gabi Korac, Bleasdell and Sanders capped off the first session with a win (3:54.51).
On the men's side, Cooper Robinson, Ford Story, Adam Szilagyi and Josh Mangus posted a second-place finish in the 400 relay (3:24.26) while Corey Nix, Ryan Wilcox, Szilagyi and Mangus posted a silver-medal finish in the 200 free relay (1:23.51).
Following the session, the teams combined to host a free swimming clinic for 125 local age group swimmers. Each participant had the opportunity to work with groups of student-athletes from both teams. The hour-long clinic included six stations working on various aspects of the sport including starts, turns, breakouts and relay starts. Following the clinic, participants had the opportunity to interact and get autographs from the student-athletes.
The dual continues tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center.