Feb. 20, 2012
HOUSTON – TCU senior Edgar Crespo was named Swimmer of the Meet at the Conference USA Invitational over the past week.
Crespo claimed first-place honors in the 100-breast and 200-breast last week, helping the Horned Frogs to finish just behind SMU in the team standings. Along the way, Crespo set TCU records in both events.
For the 100-breast, the Panama City, Panama, native touched the wall in 53.26, faster than his own previous TCU record of 53.32. It was the fastest collegiate time for Crespo in the event since the 2010 Mountain West Championships.
The next day, Crespo returned to the water and shattered his own TCU record in the 200-breast with a 1:56.30. His previous best mark was a 1:57.91 at last year’s NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship.
Both of Crespo’s breaststroke marks were NCAA “B” qualification standards and he also added the No. 4 time in TCU history for the 200-individual medley. In that event, Crespo clocked a 1:50.06.
Crespo also helped TCU’s 200- and 400-medley relay set TCU records. Joining Laszlo Gyurko, Luiz Azarias and Devin Price, the Frogs clocked a 1:28.17 in the 200-medley relay. The next night, the same quartet finished in 3:12.00 for the 400-medley relay. Both times were NCAA “B” cuts.
With the Mountain West not sponsoring men’s swimming and diving in 2011-2012, the TCU men traveled to the Conference USA Invitational. At the meet, the squad set 10 TCU records and notched 18 NCAA “B” qualification standards.
The effort was of Crespo and the Frogs was lauded by TCU coach Richard Sybesma as one of the best meets, top to bottom, in TCU program history.