Jan. 27, 2011
What's on Tap
TCU's swimming and diving teams return to action Friday night when they host BYU and New Mexico inside the TCU University Rec Center Natatorium. The men's team will square off with BYU in the dual, while the women's team will face BYU and New Mexico. For the women's dual, TCU will swim in lanes two and five of the pool, New Mexico will swim in lanes three and six, while BYU will swim in lanes one and four. The meet will mark the end of 16 TCU careers, including school-record holders Kyle Callens and Maria Paula Alvarez. Before the meet, TCU will honor these seniors with a short ceremony.
About the Frog Men
The Frogs received 15 votes and are ranked No. 32 in the latest edition of the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Poll.
The TCU men have a core of athletes in all strokes and have their names littered throughout the MWC's top-five top times list. Juniors Laszlo Gyurko and Edgar Crespo lead the Frogs in the backstroke and breaststroke, respectively. Gyurko is the MWC leader in the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke, while Crespo is second on the MWC 200-breaststroke list and third on the 100-breaststroke list.
Through four dual events, Crespo leads the Frogs with eight individual wins. He has also been a part of three relay wins. Gyurko has racked up six individual wins to go along with five relay wins. In distance events, freshman Michael Franz has five wins. Friedrich Grott has the second-best time in the league for the 200-butterfly and all of TCU's relays are ranked in the top three in the Mountain West. The TCU 800-freestyle relay team is second, while three of the four relays are in the top-32 of the NCAA.
About the Frog Women
In her first season competing for the Horned Frogs, sophomore Sabine Rasch has stolen the show and rewritten the TCU record books. A star sprinter, Rasch holds the TCU record in the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle and 100-butterfly. Most recently, Rasch rewrote the TCU record books at the U.S. Short Course Nationals. She set school records in the 50-free, 100-free and 100-butterfly. At the Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am Swim Meet, she again broke her own record in the 100-free.
Rasch and senior Maria Paula Alvarez have been the anchors for the TCU women's squad, racking up 18 individual wins between them. Both have nine wins to their credit, including Alvarez's two in the last meet against Utah. Both of them have been a part of four relay wins for the Horned Frogs.
The Frogs have been dominant in the freestyle stroke, rather it be the sprints or the distance events. TCU has won 23 of the 30 freestyle events that have been competed in its five duals. Freshmen Christine Riddle and Amanda Vincent have made early contributions for the Frogs thus far this season. Riddle has posted three wins in the butterfly events, while Vincent has notched victories in the 500-free, 1000-free and 200-butterfly.
About the Cougar Men
BYU enters Friday's meet at 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars picked up their lone conference win over Wyoming. Freshman Jake Taylor and junior Brandon Watson have recently been named the Mountain West Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively. Taylor recorded six first-place finishes in BYU's duals against Air Force and Wyoming, including a sweep of the backstroke and 200-individual medley events at the meets. He will face off with MWC leader Laszlo Gyurko or Jeff Gettel of TCU in the backstroke. Watson was impressive for the Cougars in the air, notching scores in the 360s on both boards recently.
About the Cougar Women
BYU's women are 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the MWC with their only loss coming to conference-leading San Diego State. The Cougars have not yet lost a dual in 2011 and recently downed Wyoming, 188-112. BYU is strong in distance events and in the backstroke events. Candice Smith is in the top-six of the MWC in the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke. Three women for the Cougars are in the top-six of the MWC for the 100-breaststroke, as well.
About the Lobo Women
The New Mexico women are 6-5 overall and 1-5 in the Mountain West Conference with their lone win coming against Air Force. In the 500-freestyle and 1000-freestyle, Monica Dudley is in the top-seven of the Mountain West Conference, including the No. 4 spot for the 1000-freestyle with a 10:12.99.
Series History vs. BYU
The TCU men are 1-4 all-time against BYU. However, in the last meeting between the two schools on Jan. 8, 2010, TCU scored a 172-119 win on its way to the Mountain West Conference regular season championship. The last three meetings between the programs have been close, including a 153-147 for BYU on Oct. 30, 2008.
TCU's women are also 1-4 all-time against BYU. The lone win came in the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 13, 2006 when TCU notched a 134-109 win. A year ago, BYU claimed a 197-90 triumph.
Series History vs. New Mexico
TCU has won all seven meetings all-time between itself and New Mexico, making it on eof the most lobsided series in school history. A year ago, TCU was a 156-131 winner in Fort Worth.
The Frogs women face North Texas on Feb. 2 for a midweek tilt before the men's and women's team host Centenary College on Feb. 4 inside the TCU University Rec Center Natatorium. The meet was originally scheduled to be competed at Centenary before travel plans dictated otherwise.
Last Time Out
Both TCU squads got back on track against Utah after falling to UNLV a week before. The men claimed a 171-123 victory with freshman Michael Franz scoring three wins on the day. The women won 166-131 behind two wins from Maria Paula Alvarez.
Saturday's Order of Events
Relay events will be scored first to third, in an 11-4-2 scoring format. The top five placers in individual events will score in a 9-4-3-2-1 format.
Follow the Frogs
Fans wishing to follow the Horned Frogs this season can do so via multiple social media outlets.
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To become a fan of the Frogs on Facebook, fans can simply text "TCUswimdive" to 32665. Standard text messaging rates apply. During home meets, scoring updates are available on Facebook and Twitter.
TCU will honor 16 of its seniors with a short ceremony before Friday's meet. The men's team boasts 10 seniors, while the women's team has six. The men's seniors are Rourke Barrett, Dan Bodin, school-record holder Kyle Callens, Andy Garcia-Montes, Jeff Gettel, Ben Iannacone. Mike Majek, Edgar Peyro, Garrett Weaver and Trevor Woods. Female seniors are school-record holder Maria Paula Alvarez, Kimberly Jones, Shannon Jones, Brittney Martniez, Nikki Pappas and Sammie Smith.
Just One Last Time
TCU and BYU are meeting for the last time as members of the Mountain West Conference. TCU will join the Big East Conference on July 1, 2012. It will also be the last time TCU will swim a MWC dual. The league is eliminating men's swimming after this season.