Frogs Open Big 12 Championships Wednesday

Cooper Robinson

Feb. 25, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - In their inaugural Big 12 Conference Swimming & Diving Championships last year at the University of Texas, the Horned Frogs crowned one conference champion in Cooper Robinson in the 200-yard back.

When the 2014 conference championships kick off Wednesday in Austin, the Frogs are hoping to add more to the list as Big 12 Champions while taking their best shot at the sixth-ranked Texas for the team crown.

"We like to take the role as David in David vs. Goliath because the University of Texas has a proven program nationally, not just conference wise," TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. "Last year we took a step in the right direction with Cooper Robinson becoming our first-ever Big 12 Champion."

Last year, the TCU men placed second and the TCU women placed third.

"Our goal is to win as many events as possible and make it to the NCAA championships," Sybesma said. "We've got some kids entered in events that may not be their best events but they can score better and give us the opportunity to do better in the team standings."

Competition gets underway with timed trials at 11 a.m. at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The men's 1-meter diving preliminaries begin at 4:30 p.m. and the finals in the 200 medley relay, 1-meter diving and 800 free style relay will be throughout the evening beginning at 6 p.m.

"It's our depth that is going to make the difference in the team race," Sybesma said. "Also, I think diving will be an important part in the team scores."

Ricky Bradley and Kristen Connolly will be key divers for the Frogs.

Competition continues Thursday at 11 a..m.

Robinson will be strong in three events (100 and 200 back and the 200 IM), while Adam Szilagyi, who had a good meet last year, will compete in the 100 and 200 back and 100 and 200 butterfly. Also adding to the depth of the men's team is Thor Stenjford (500 free, 400 IM, 1,650 free, 200 fly); Sebastian Arispe (500 free, 200 free, 100 free, 1,650 free); and Mitch Adshead (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breast).

For the women, look for Lyndsie Gibson, a transfer from the University of Arkansas, (500 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, 1,650 free); Julie Grace Sanders (50 free, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 back, 100 free); Ali Bleasdell (200 IM, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 fly); Sara Brzozowski (500 free, 400 IM, 1,650 free); and Mikayla Winkler (500 free, 200 free, 100 free, 1,650 free) to have good meets for the Frogs.

"I think the experience competing against one of the nation's best in the University of Texas and at one of the nation's finest facilities is really a plus for our program," Sybesma said. "We have some good competition in every position throughout the conference from every team. The team race is going to be really exciting."



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