Jan. 24, 2013
FORT WORTH – An old Southwest Conference rivalry will be renewed Friday as the TCU swimming and diving teams hosts now Big 12 foe Texas at the University Recreation Center Natatorium on the campus of TCU. Competition begins at 4:30 p.m., with a ceremony honoring TCU’s nine men’s and women’s seniors taking place before the meet at 4:15 p.m.
The Horned Frogs and Longhorns will renew acquaintances in a dual meet for the first time on the women’s side since 2001 and in men’s dual meet competition since 1990.
“We had a great partnership with Texas when we were in the Southwest Conference,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “We are excited about beginning that again. There is no better team to swim against than Texas. We are excited about them coming to our home pool and the challenge they present.”
UT comes into the meet ranked No. 7 in the country on both the men’s and women’s side. Both divisions also feature multiple All-Americans that will encounter the Horned Frogs on Friday. Senior Dax Hill is the defending NCAA titlist in the men’s 200 free, senior Austin Surhoff is a previous NCAA champ in the 200 IM and sophomores Kip Darmody and Clay Youngquist were members of national title winning relay squads last season.
On the women’s side, Texas’ roster boasts 12 student-athletes who have earned All-American honors. Seniors Kelsey Amundsen and Laura Sogar lead the Longhorns. Sogar is among the nation’s top 200 breast swimmers, winning a silver medal in the 200-meter breast at the FINA Short Course World Championships in December.
The history of the Longhorns will not bother TCU come meet time.
“We will come to race in every event and will be looking to win,” Sybesma stated.
The meet will also feature Senior Day ceremonies honoring TCU’s nine seniors. The meet will be the final home meet for men’s squad seniors Nelson Head, Nathan Losch, Devin Price and Ross Van Allen. Women’s seniors Katie Lybbert, Sabine Rasch, Madi Rupp, Katie Scarsella and Parris Schoppa will be honored, too. The TCU women still have a home meet Wednesday, Jan. 30 against North Texas.
“They have gone through a lot of great years with us,” Sybesma noted. “They have been great leaders, and several of them are school record holders. On top of all that, they are all champions.”