Jan. 18, 2012
FORT WORTH - TCU's swimming and diving teams are in action Thursday and Friday for two of the last three dual meets on the schedule.
The Horned Frog men play host to crosstown rival SMU on Thursday in their last meet of the dual season. It will be senior night for five members of the TCU squad. On Friday, the TCU women travel to North Texas for their next to last dual meet.
Both meets are set to begin at 6 p.m. Those wishing to attend the men's meet are asked show up early to the University Recreation Center Natatorium for a special ceremony honoring the five seniors.
About the TCU Men
TCU's men's squad is 6-2 this season and has won four-straight dual meets. Seniors Edgar Crespo and Laszlo Gyurko are the leaders for the squad, with Crespo boasting an undefeated mark in breaststroke events this season.
Crespo is the TCU record holder in the 100-breast and 200-breast, while Gyurko holds the TCU top mark in the 100-back. This season, Crespo has top times of 53.93 in the 100-breast and 2:00.95 in the 200-breast. Gyurko leads TCU in the 50-free (20.69), 100-free (21.03), 100-back (48.04) and 100-fly (48.59).
Gyurko has also been an integral part of the TCU relay corps, swimming the leadoff leg of each of TCU's top relays in the five relay events this season.
About the TCU Women
The TCU women enter with a 8-4 mark in dual meets this season. A year ago, TCU won just four dual meets. Sabine Rasch and Amanda Vincent led the way for the Frogs in the fall, notching multiple wins in the freestyle and butterfly events, respectively.
Rasch broke her own TCU record in the 50-free at the Texas Invitational when she touched the wall in 22.84. That mark is No. 5 in the Mountain West for 2011. Rasch also owns the TCU records in the 100-free and 100-fly. In the 100-free, Rasch is third with a 49.59.
Vincent leads the league in the 200-fly with a 1:59.22 and ranking third in the Mountain West in the 100-fly with a time of 54.95. Both of those marks were tallied at the Texas Invitational. Sophomore Gabi Korac is second for the 200-breast with a 2:16.68.
Follow the Frogs
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With the Horned Frogs on their final push toward tapering their training before the conference championship meets, the lone dual meet left on the schedule is senior night for the TCU women Jan. 25 when they host SMU.
Last Time Out
The TCU men knocked off UC-San Diego on Jan. 6, while the women tallied a 2-2 record while competing against three other schools.
Series History vs. Upcoming Foes
TCU has never knocked off its crosstown and former Southwest Conference foe SMU. All-time, the Horned Frogs are 0-22-1 against the Mustangs on the men's side. Against North Texas, the TCU women are 12-2 all-time.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
Thursday and Friday's meets will be scored in a traditional dual-meet style. Individual events are scored first to fifth, 9-4-3-2-1. Winning relays score 11 points, while second and third receive four and two points, respectively.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - THURSDAY
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - FRIDAY
House of Horrors
Over the last three-and-one-half years, the TCU men's squad has put together an impressive run inside the TCU Recreation Center Natatorium. The Frog men have not dropped a meet inside their home swimming and diving center since Oct. 30, 2008, a streak that spans 1,177 days on meet day.
Of the current roster, only seniors Scott Smidlein and Theo Trotman have been a part of a TCU loss at home when the last one came to BYU on Oct. 30, 2008. Other seniors, Laszlo Gyurko, Friedrich Grott and Edgar Crespo, who were not on the team at the time have not lost in their home building.
A year ago, the TCU women finished their dual meet season with a 4-4 record. This season, the Frogs have doubled their win total and stand at 8-4 with two meets left on the schedule.
Thursday's meet with SMU will be the final one for five TCU seniors. Edgar Crespo, Friedrich Grott, Laszlo Gyurko, Scott Smidlein and Theo Trotman will each suit up in their home water for the final time.
Crespo, Grott and Gyurko headline a small but accomplished TCU senior class. Crespo (100-breast, 200-breast) and Grott (100-fly, 200-fly) each hold two TCU records, while Gyurko (100-back) has one. In 2010, Crespo won the 100-breast Mountain West crown.
"B" the Best You Can Be
During the fall portion of the schedule, numerous TCU swimmers notched NCAA "B" qualifying standards for preliminary qualification into the NCAA Championship meets. Below are TCU swimmers with NCAA "B" cuts this season.
Michael Franz: 1650-free (15:29.79)
Laszlo Gyurko: 100-back (48.04)
Cooper Robinson: 200-back (1:45.80)
Edgar Crespo: 100-breast (53.93)
Luiz Azarias: 200-fly (1:48.02)
Mitch Adshead: 400-individual medley (3:54.45)
Sabine Rasch: 50-free (22.84), 100-free (49.59)
Amanda Vincent: 200-fly (1:59.22)
Making a Splash
Numerous TCU newcomers made an instant impact for the Frogs during the first half of the season. For the men, Cooper Robinson notched a 1:45.80 in the 100-back, good for an NCAA "B" cut and the third-best time in school history. Mitch Adshead's 3:54.45 in the 400-IM is second best all-time at TCU, while Luiz Azarias has the No. 3 time in the 200-fly (1:48.02).
On the women's side, Victoria Thicke-Rattray set a TCU record in the 200-IM with a 2:02.40 and grabbed the fourth-best mark in the 400-IM when she clocked a 4:21.51. Gabi Korac has the No. 2 time in the 200-breast (2:16.88), while Ali Bleasdell notched the third-best mark in school history (2:00.88) in the 200-fly and No. 5 in the 200-IM (2:04.57).
One Busy Dude
TCU breaststroker Edgar Crespo wrapped up one of the busiest six-day stints in TCU swimming history from Oct. 14 to Oct. 19. The Panama City, Panama, native competed at the Notre Dame Relays on Oct. 14 and a dual-meet against Michigan, Notre Dame and Oakland on Oct. 15 before boarding a flight to the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico to compete Oct. 17 and 18.
At the Pan-American Games, Crespo notched a fifth-place overall finish in the 100-breaststroke with a long-course meters time of 1:03.08 in the finals. In the 200-breaststroke, Crespo placed ninth overall after winning the "B" final.
Checking the Mountain West Rankings
Numerous TCU women have littered their names throughout the Mountain West's top-10 perfomance lists thus far this season.
50-free: Sabine Rasch (5th, 22.84); Parris Schoppa (9th, 23.44)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (3rd, 49.59)
200-free: Sabine Rasch (4th, 1:49.48)
100-breast: Gabi Korac (10th, 1:03.97)
200-breast: Gabi Korac (2nd, 2:16.68); Michelle Fleming (10th, 2:18.41)
100-fly: Amanda Vincent (3rd, 54.95); Sabine Rasch (10th, 55.89)
200-fly: Amana Vincent (1st, 1:59.22); Ali Bleasdell (3rd, 2:00.88)
200-IM: Victoria Thicke-Rattray (6th, 2:02.40)
400-IM: Victoria Thicke-Rattray (3rd, 4:21.51); Ali Bleasdell (7th, 4:23.65)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (3rd, 1:32.89)
400-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Van-Anh Hoang, Parris Schoppa (5th, 3:24.98)
200-medley relay: Jennifer Oster, Zrinka Korac, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (6th, 1:45.50)
400-medley relay: Elizabeth Oster, Van-Ang Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (6th, 3:48.55)
Checking the NCAA Rankings
The following swimmers have put themselves in the top-50 of the NCAA rankings thus far this season.
50-free: Sabine Rasch (44th, 22.84)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (33rd, 49.59)
1650-free: Michael Franz (41st, 15:29.79)
100-back: Laszlo Gyurko (31st, 48.04)
200-back: Cooper Robinson (36th, 1:45.80)
100-breast: Edgar Crespo (14th, 53.93)
200-fly: Luiz Azarias (42nd, 1:48.02); Amanda Vincent (49th, 1:59.22)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (29th, 1:32.89)
800-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Mackenzie Schuler, Kristi Dena (36th, 7:26.33)
800-free relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Sebastian Arispe, Ryker Saunders, August Van Allen (44th, 6:44.80)
200-medley relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Devin Price (39th, 1:30.12)
400-medley relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Ryan Wilcox (41st, 3:19.98)
A Family Affair
With last year's signing class, TCU now features three sets of siblings on the 2011-12 roster. On the men's team, August Van Allen joins his older brother, Ross, who is a junior for the Frogs. Sophomore Gabi Korac, who transferred from Arkansas, joins her older sister Zrinka, a senior. Freshman Elizabeth Oster comes to TCU with her sister Jennifer, the TCU record holder in the 100-back.