Feb. 14, 2012
FORT WORTH – The TCU men’s swimming and diving team travels to Houston this week for the Conference USA Invitational inside the University of Houston’s Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Natatorium.
With the Mountain West not sponsoring men’s swimming for the 2011-12 season, the Horned Frogs travel to Houston for the event that is not an official Conference USA Championship. TCU squares off with SMU and East Carolina at the meet.
The meet also serves as the last chance for TCU swimmers and divers to try to qualify for the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship on March 22-24. In preparation for the meet, TCU has tapered its training regimen.
About the Horned Frogs
Seniors Edgar Crespo and Laszlo Gyurko are the leaders for the squad, with Crespo leading the hopeful NCAA qualifiers for the Frogs. He is currently ranked 14th nationally in the 100-breaststroke.
Crespo is the TCU record holder in the 100-breast and 200-breast, while Gyurko holds the TCU top mark in the 100-back. This season, Crespo has top times of 53.93 in the 100-breast and 2:00.95 in the 200-breast. Gyurko leads TCU in the 50-free (20.69), 100-free (21.03), 100-back (48.04) and 100-fly (48.59).
Gyurko has also been an integral part of the TCU relay corps, swimming the leadoff leg of each of TCU’s top relays in the five relay events this season. Also in the backstroke individually, Cooper Robinson has played a large role for TCU this season.
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. Live results for this week’s meet are available at UHCougars.com.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
For team scoring purposes, 16 swimmers advance through the preliminaries to the finals (1-8) and consolation finals (9-16). Scoring in individual events, including diving is 20, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
In relays, the events will be scored 40, 34, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 18, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2. Points for first through eighth place shall be awarded solely on the basis of a championship final. Points for ninth through sixteenth place shall be awarded solely on the basis of a consolation final.
The prelims begin at 10 a.m., each day while the finals portion of the competition starts at 6 p.m. For relays, only finals are swum.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - WEDNESDAY
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – THURSDAY
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – FRIDAY
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – SATURDAY
“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)
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).
One Busy Dude
TCU breaststroker Edgar Crespo wrapped up one of the busiest six-day stints in TCU swimming history from Oct. 14 to Oct. 19. The Panama City, Panama, native competed at the Notre Dame Relays on Oct. 14 and a dual-meet against Michigan, Notre Dame and Oakland on Oct. 15 before boarding a flight to the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico to compete Oct. 17 and 18.
At the Pan-American Games, Crespo notched a fifth-place overall finish in the 100-breaststroke with a long-course meters time of 1:03.08 in the finals. In the 200-breaststroke, Crespo placed ninth overall after winning the “B” final.
Checking the NCAA Rankings
The following swimmers have put themselves in the top-50 of the NCAA rankings thus far this season.
1650-free: Michael Franz (45th, 15:29.79)
100-back: Laszlo Gyurko (33rd, 48.04)
200-back: Cooper Robinson (38th, 1:45.80)
100-breast: Edgar Crespo (14th, 53.93)
800-free relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Sebastian Arispe, Ryker Saunders, August Van Allen (46th, 6:44.80)
200-medley relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Devin Price (43rd, 1:30.12)
400-medley relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Ryan Wilcox (43rd, 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.