TCU Readies for Showdown with SMU

Mikayla Winkler

Jan. 22, 2013

FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s swimming and diving team continue its four dual meets in 13 days stretch with a short trip across the Metroplex to SMU. The Horned Frogs and Mustangs start their 12-event program at 6 p.m. at Perkins Natatorium.

“We have a tough stretch ahead of us with three meets in the next week,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “We are excited to go to SMU and compete. They are a very good team. It will be a big challenge for us. These final three meets will tell us who will make the scoring team at the conference championships.”

The Horned Frogs are coming off a historical victory after recording the programs first Big 12 conference win with a 160-140 victory at West Virginia last Friday. While the excitement continues to simmer in the TCU waters, the focus is on to the next stretch of meets.

“The team has responded very well,” Sybesma noted. “The morale is very high in the program right now.”

The Mustangs, ranked No. 23 in the latest College Swimming Coaches of America Association Top 25, are coming off a double dual meet victory over Houston and North Texas last Wednesday. SMU also has a dual meet win over Rice under their belts. The Mustangs have recorded NCAA ‘B’ cuts in nine individual events. Sophomore Rachel Nichol is coming off a victory in the 200-meter breaststroke at the USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix over the weekend.

“They are tough everywhere,” Sybesma said. “They are strong in the stroke events and in the freestyle, particularly in the sprint events. We will have our hands full.”

The meet is a precursor to TCU’s first home dual meet of the season Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Big 12 rival Texas at the University Recreation Center Natatorium. The meet will be recognized as Senior Day, and a ceremony for TCU’s seniors will take place at 4:15 p.m. before the meet begins.



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