Men Place First at UIW Christmas Invite

Dec. 20, 2016

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The TCU men’s swimming and diving team finished with the top score at the Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational after three days of competition throughout the weekend.

The men’s team finished in first with a score of 1,111, while the women’s squad placed third with 750 points.

Freshman Radu Duican led the way for the Horned Frogs throughout the meet. He recorded a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.21 in the “A” finals. Senior Jake Powell followed in fourth (51.31), and senior Chris Hearl placed seventh (53.13). Duican also earned second in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.73.

TCU’s 200-yard medley relay team of Duican, junior Jakub Swierczynski, junior John Smith and senior Garrett Hills took home silver behind a time of 1:33.34. Hills also went on to win the 100 free with a finals time of 46.35.

Swierczynski took home another second-place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 57.24. Freshman Migs Martin earned bronze at 57.86, and junior Destin Hall placed eighth.

Swierczynski continued to provide big points for the team as he won the 200 breast at 2:07.85. Martin followed that up with a second-place time of 2:08.81 to give the Frogs a 1-2 finish in the event.

Freshman Hannah Burt earned her way to the 400 IM “A” finals and logged an eighth-place finish at 4:36.11.

On the diving end, freshman Megan White recorded her first victory in Purple and White as she led the 3-meter dive with a score of 257.20. White placed second in the platform at 167.75.

Junior Carlos Hunnicutt gave the Horned Frogs another second-place finish as he raced his way to a time of 3:59.61 in the 400 IM. Sophomore Rhory Legendre and Hall followed in sixth and seventh, respectively. Hunnicutt also took home third in the 200 fly (1:53.04).

Sophomore Tommy Thach recorded a fourth-place tim e of 1:40.89 in the men’s 200 free. Duican followed in fifth place at 1:41.31, and junior Weston Miller took home seventh to round out the “A” finals.

Freshman Nicqueline Rettberg (1:57.72) and Burt (1:56.45) took home seventh and eighth in the women’s 200 free.

Sophomore Bryn Lohrberg led TCU in the 100 breast as she clocked in with a sixth-place time of 1:09.52, barely edging out fellow teammate senior Ashley Dyke (1:09.55).

Both teams are off for the holidays, but will return to action and jump into Big 12 competition as they head to Morgantown, W. Va., to take on the Mountaineers on Jan. 14.



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