Jan. 24, 2012
FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s swimming and diving team closes the dual-meet portion of its schedule Wednesday evening when it hosts SMU for a 6 p.m., matchup.
It is the final meet of the 2011-12 season at the TCU University Recreation Center Natatorium and will serve as senior night for six members of the TCU squad. Those wishing to attend the meet are asked to show up early for a special ceremony honoring the seniors.
About the TCU Women
The TCU women enter with a 8-5 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
Fans can follow the Frogs online by checking out TCU on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the official TCU athletics website, GoFrogs.com. Visit and “like” the Frogs on their Facebook page “TCU Swimming and Diving.” You can find the Frogs on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/tcuswimdive or following “@TCUswimdive.” Fans can also visit TCU swimming and diving’s YouTube page, youtube.com/tcuswimdive.
After Wednesday’s meet, the Frogs taper their training in preparation for the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship in Oklahoma City on Feb. 22-25. With the league not sponsoring men’s swimming and diving in 2011-12, the TCU men compete at the Conference USA Invitational on Feb. 15-18.
Last Time Out
The Frogs dropped a tough 132-111 decision to in-state rival North Texas. Sabine Rasch won the 50- and 100-free, while Amanda Vincent, Elizabeth Oster and the 200-free relay also notched event wins.
Series History vs. SMU
TCU trails the all-time series with SMU, 0-17, but the two schools have not met since Oct. 23, 2002 when SMU claimed a 131-86 victory. As members of the Southwest Conference, TCU and SMU met 13 times.
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
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 8-5 with one meet left on the schedule.
Wednesday’s meet will be the final time six TCU seniors compete at the TCU University Rec Center Natatorium. Those leaving the Frog program are Ashley Bolin, Zrinka Korac, Jennifer Oster, Shannon Regan, Lindsey Stevens and Kaitlyn Vann.
Bolin holds the TCU records in the 200-free (1:48.19) and 400-individual medley (4:18.35). Oster is the TCU record holder in the 100-back with a 56.49. Five of the six have earned All-Mountain West honors: Bolin (6 times), Korac (1), Oster (2), Stevens (3) and Vann (2).
“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).
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: Amanda 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 (45th, 22.84)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (35th, 49.59)
1650-free: Michael Franz (41st, 15:29.79)
100-back: Laszlo Gyurko (31st, 48.04)
200-back: Cooper Robinson (37th, 1:45.80)
100-breast: Edgar Crespo (14th, 53.93)
200-fly: Luiz Azarias (45th, 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 (40th, 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.