Horned Frogs Split with West Virginia

Lyndsie Gibson

Jan. 18, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas – The TCU swimming and diving team split a dual meet with West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at the TCU Recreation Center Natatorium. The Horned Frog women extended their Big 12 unbeaten streak to 3-0, defeating the Mountaineers 164-121. The TCU men fell 133-167, moving to 2-3 in dual meet action on the season and 0-1 in the Big 12.

Prior to the meet, TCU honored its 2014 senior class – Sebastian Arispe, Luiz Azarias, Emily Rose Creighton, Michelle Fleming, Michael Franz, Katelin Hatcher, Gabi Korac, Ali Polhill, Ryker Saunders and Ryan Wilcox – for their contributions to the program.

"We're very excited for our women to continue their Big 12 undefeated streak," head coach Richard Sybesma said. "It was a disappointing loss for our men, but they are a tough team and will bounce back."

The TCU women won 11 event title on the afternoon. Sophomore Lyndsie Gibson, Korac, Polhill and freshman Julia Sanders combined for a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:45.02) to open the meet. The Horned Frogs also won the 400 freestyle relay crown with Sanders, junior Mackenzie Schuler, sophomore Mikayla Winkler and freshman Meagan Thompson combining for a 3:32.25.

Sophomore Sara Brzozowski took first in the 1000 freestyle with a 10:17.55 while junior Ali Bleasdell won the 200 butterfly with a 2:03.60. The Horned Frogs earned a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke. Sophomore Mikayla Winkler (1:51.33), junior Mackenzie Schuler (1:53.52) and freshman Meagan Thompson (1:54.58) finished in respective order in the 200 freestyle while Korac (2:20.40), Fleming (2:22.01) and sophomore Michelle Garland (2:26.62) finished in respective order in the 200 breaststroke. Schuler earned top billing in the 100 freestyle (53.10) and Gibson swept the 100 and 200 backstroke events with a 57.08 and 2:03.36, respectively. Winkler added a win in the 500 freestyle (4:57.70) while sophomore Catherine Rash won the 400 IM (4:29.63).

On the men’s side, Arispe earned the first event title for the Horned Frogs, winning the 1000 freestyle (9:38.81) while Franz took second (9:45.86). Sophomore Ford Story won the 100 breaststroke (57.10) while reigning Big 12 200 backstroke champion Cooper Robinson defended his title, winning the event with a 1:46.36. Freshman John Remetta added a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.77) while Thor Stenfjord won the 200 butterfly (1:51.78) and 400 IM (4:04.63).

The Horned Frogs wrap up Big 12 dual meet action next Friday, Jan. 24, traveling to Austin, Texas to face the Texas Longhorns at 4 p.m.



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