Feb. 22, 2011
WEEKLY NOTES | PSYCH SHEET | CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL | LIVE RESULTS
FORT WORTH -- The TCU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams travel to Oklahoma City for the Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. It will be the second time the teams compete at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center this season after traveling to the Chesapeake Swim Club Elite Pro-Am Meet on Dec. 18 and 19, 2010. The meet will also mark the final MWC Championship in men’s swimming. The league is not sponsoring men’s swimming after the conclusion of the 2011 season.
For the regular season, the TCU men came within one event of repeating as MWC dual season champions. In TCU’s only loss of the season at No. 16 UNLV, a mishap with star Laszlo Gyurko’s goggles in the 400-freestyle relay to close the meet prevented TCU from sweeping through a second-straight MWC dual-meet schedule.
About the Frog Men
The Frogs received 7 votes and are ranked No. 41 in the February 9 edition of the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Poll. TCU will again look to its core group of athletes to carry it at the MWC Championships.
Leading the way for TCU are juniors Laszlo Gyurko and Edgar Crespo. Gyurko is No. 1 on the MWC’s descending order list for the 100-backstroke and the 200-backstroke. In dual events, he racked up eight individual wins this season. Crespo, the defending MWC champion in the 100-breaststroke, is third in the conference for the 100-breast and second in the league for the 200-breast going into the MWC Championships. Crespo was a winner on nine occasions during the dual season.
For the 200-butterfly, Friedrich Grott is second on the conference performance list, while all of TCU’s relays are ranked in the top three of the league. The TCU 800-freestyle relay team of Gyurko, Rourke Barrett, Grott and Andy Garcia-Montes clocked the second-best time in the MWC for 2010-11. In the air, senior Kyle Callens is No. 1 on the platform diving list, No. 3 on the 3-meter diving list and No. 4 on the 1-meter diving list.
About the Frog Women
TCU sprint star and school-record holder in three events Sabine Rasch will look to build on her earlier success this season at the OCCC Aquatic Center when she returns for the MWC Championships. Rasch clocked a TCU record 50.12 to win the 100-freestyle at the Chesapeake Pro-Am Elite Swim Meet on Dec. 19. She is second on the MWC performance list for the 50-freestyle and the 100-freestyle.
Senior Maria Paula Alvarez is fifth on the MWC list for the 500-freestyle and 1000-freestyle. TCU’s 800- and 400-freestyle relays, led by Rasch and Alvarez, are also third and fourth, respectively, in the conference for 2010-11. Freshmen Michelle Fleming and Amanda Vincent are both ranked fifth in the MWC for the 200-breaststroke and 200-butterfly, respectively.
About the MWC Swimming and Diving Championships
The Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships return to the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center for the 12th-straight year. The Championships have been held at the OCCC Aquatics Center since the inception of the league in 1999. The UNLV have won six-straight team titles at the event, while last year’s women’s champion, BYU, has won nine of the 11 titles in the history of the league.
Prelims, consolation and finals will be held in all individual swimming and diving events, in which individuals will have the opportunity to score points toward the total team score. Relays will be finals-only events and the meet will follow a traditional format with a 200-medley relay to open the meet Wednesday and a 400-freestyle relay to close the meet Saturday.
Follow the Frogs
Live results will be available at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championship Central Page on themwc.com. Those who would like to keep up with the meet can do so in real-time with individual results and team scoring.
Fans wishing to follow the Horned Frogs at the MWC Championships can do so via multiple social media outlets.
• Facebook - www.facebook.com/TCUswimdive
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• YouTube - www.youtube.com/TCUswimdive
To become a fan of the Frogs on Facebook, fans can simply text “TCUswimdive” to 32665. Standard text messaging rates apply. During the MWC Championships, updates will be posted on TCU’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
TCU Historically at the MWC Championships
In the five years TCU has been competed, the TCU men have finished in fifth place each of the last three years. The TCU women notched their best finish in 2006 with a fourth-place showing. That came in TCU’s first year of competition with the Mountain West Conference.
MWC Championships Rewind ... 2010
At last year’s Conference meet, 14 championship records were broken, including four men’s and four women’s and four men’s all-time MWC records. UNLV swept all five relay events and won 10 individual titles to total 787 points overall en route to the Rebels’ sixth consecutive men’s team crown. On the women’s side, BYU tallied 703 points, including four individual titles, to win the Cougars’ fifth straight championship.
TCU at the 2010 MWC Championships
In his first year competing for TCU, Edgar Crespo became the seventh Horned Frog to win an individual MWC crown. Crespo won the 100-breaststroke in a TCU record time of 53.52 and also finished sixth overall in the 100-butterfly. In all, nine men and two men’s relays teams were named All-MWC performers. On the women’s side, four women were named to the All-MWC team.
Last Time Out
TCU has not been in the pool for competitive action since Jan. 28 when the TCU men dropped BYU and the TCU women downed New Mexico on Senior Night at the TCU University Rec Center Natatorium in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs then had meets against North Texas and Centenary College canceled due to inclement weather. Against BYU, Laszlo Gyurko and Edgar Crespo each won two indiviual events for TCU. For the women against New Mexico, Maria Paula Alvarez and Sabine Rasch were double winners.
TCU will have one more swimming event on the schedule as the team will travel to attempt to qualify for NCAA qualification at a meet to be determined at a later date. Athletes must meet a certain qualification standard to qualify for the NCAA Championships. So far this season, Edgar Crespo, Laszly Gyurko and Sabine Rasch have picked up NCAA “B” cuts for the Horned Frogs.
Oh, So Close
After storming through its conference regular season a year ago to a 5-0 record, the TCU men were just one event away from another perfect season. In a dual-meet with No. 16 UNLV on Jan. 7, the Frogs needed to finish first and third in the 400-freestyle relay to win the dual. An issue with Laszlo Gyurko’s goggles on the opening leg of the “A” relay caused TCU to muster only a third-place finish in the event and fell to the Rebels. This season was the last year for dual competition in the Mountain West Conference. The TCU men finished their competition in the MWC winning 13 of their last 14 duals overall and 10 of 11 against MWC foes.
Just One Last Time
The Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships will be cut in half after 2011. Due to conference realignment, only four schools will have men’s swimming teams in the 2011-12 academic year. Therefore, the Mountain West Conference will not sponsor for the 2011-12 season. With the addition of Boise State, the league will still have women’s swimming.