Jan. 5, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – TCU’s swimming and diving teams started out its Winter Training Trip with the FIU Winter Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Horned Frogs men’s squad topped the team standings with 946 points and the women came in second with 636.5 points. Hosts Florida International won the women’s team title with 717.5 points.
“It was great that our men won,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “The FIU women had the home-pool advantage and a little more depth, but I thought we competed very well.”
It was a busy day for the Horned Frogs, with a 6 a.m. flight out of DFW International Airport. TCU arrived at the competition pool exactly one hour before the competition began.
“The day started for us at 4 a.m. to load the bus to get to the airport,” Sybesma noted. “I thought our kids did a wonderful job with preparing for the circumstances. We were really rushed through the day.”
The TCU men can look towards its depth for its keys to success Saturday. The Horned Frogs dominated the 100 fly competition, taking the first four spots. Adam Szilagyi took the win in 52.55 with Grayson Whitten in second (52.78), Ryker Saunders third (53.08) and Luiz Azarias finishing fourth (53.22).
“The depth on our men’s team showed,” Sybesma said. “It was events like the 100 fly and 500 free that helped us pull away.”
TCU had four in the top-seven of the men’s 500 free with Thor Stenfjord leading the way in third in 4:44.02. Michael Franz took fourth (4:46.42), Ross Van Allen fifth (4:46.78) and Sebastian Arispe seventh (4:48.26).
Another key to TCU’s success was in the diving well, as Ricky Bradley recorded two first place finishes. The sophomore took the 1-meter competition with a 309.67, a qualifying score for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in March, and the 3-meter with 312.37.
Other winners on the men’s side included Devin Price in the 50 free (21.45) and 100 free (46.68) and Ford Story in the 50 breast (27.38).
A notable returnee for the Frogs was Ryan Wilcox, making his season debut after sitting out with an injury. The junior finished third in the 50 free (21.80) and fifth in the 100 free (47.95).
“It was great to get Ryan back into action,” Sybesma said. “He will add to our depth in the sprint events."
On the women’s side, Sabine Rasch led the Horned Frogs with three event wins. The senior was joined by Ali Polhill, Gabi Korac and Parris Schoppa on the winning 200 medley relay squad and took wins in the 50 free (24.39) and 100 free in 53.23. Katie Scarsella finished second in the 100 free in 53.44.
Polhill showed her backstroke abilities again in the 50 back, running away with the competition in 27.92. She also finished third in the 100 back.
TCU’s distance duo of Sara Brozozowski and Mikayla Winkler provided good pointed to the TCU cause in the 200 and 500 free. Brozozowski finished third in both events, and Winkler finished fifth in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free.
The Frogs are tired after a hard day of competition, as swimmers were allowed to be entered into six total events.
“We looked at this as a training meet,” Sybesma concluded. “It was a pretty intense workout.”
The Horned Frogs will stay in Fort Lauderdale for their Winter Training Trip until Wednesday. TCU’s next competition will be a Big 12 dual meet at West Virginia on Jan. 18.