May 10, 2013
FORT WORTH - TCU swimming and diving head coach Richard Sybesma announced seven additions to the TCU 2013-14 roster Friday. The Horned Frogs men's team made three additions, and the TCU women has made four additions over the last month.
Joining the TCU men's team will be transfer Anthony McMurry and freshmen Chris Hearl and John Remetta. The TCU women have added transfers Michelle Garland and Lyndsie Gibson and freshmen Taylor Gould and Sophia Humphreys.
"This may be one of our best incoming classes here at TCU," Sybesma said. "Once you add these kids to the group that we signed at the end of 2012, we are going to have a strong group of newcomers to TCU next season."
McMurry joins the Honred Frogs after spending his freshman season at Florida State. He will add strength to the TCU sprint freestyle lineup, brining in best times of 20.64 in the 50 free, 44.40 in the 100 free and 1:37.87 in the 200 free. McMurry was a high school All-American at Wesleyan High School in Duluth, Ga.
"Anthony had an outstanding freshman year," Sybesma noted. "We see him as a kid who can really help our relays. He has to earn the school record in the 200 free here, but he has swam below that time before. Between him and Corey (Nix) we are going to be really good in the sprints."
Hearl joins the Horned Frogs form Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan. He was the 2013 Kansas Class 6A champion in the 100 back and finished a close second in the 100 fly. Hearl has also been a frequently seen face at the Junior Nationals meet.
"We see Chris as a guy to develop in the 200s in the strokes," Sybesma said. "He can definitely be an impact player in the strokes. He has the speed, and we want to help his endurance."
Remetta is a local product from Southlake Carroll High School. He finished third at the Texas Class 5A state championships in the 200 IM in a very strong 1:49.91. His strength is in the breaststroke, where he brings in top times of 56.31 in the 100 and 2:02.47 in the 200. Remetta has also previously competed at the Junior Nationals.
"We see a lot of potential in John," Sybesma stated. "He is not only a quality swimmer, he is a kid who can help us in a lot of events. We are thrilled to have him."
As for the women's team, Garland joins TCU after spending her freshman season at Michigan State. She was the Spartans' team leader in the 100 breast and 200 IM and was second in the 200 breast. She was also a member of MSU's top medley relay squads swimming the breaststroke leg. Garland's hometown is Grayslake, Ill., and she competed in high school for Loyola Academy.
"Michelle has split 1:01.9 in the medley relay," Sybesma noted. "She is a high-caliber breaststroke swimmer and has the ability to go fast in the IM. She can definitely make an impact on our relays."
Another transfer joining the TCU women's team is Lyndsie Gibson, who spent her freshman season at Arkansas. A product of Southlake Carroll High School, Gibson was a part of Arkansas' distance group and posted strong times of 4:53.68 in the 500, 10:12.70 in the 1,000 and 16:52.34 in the 1,650 free. She will also add depth to TCU's backstroke group, having swam 56.63 and 2:02.68 in the 100 and 200 back, respectively, for the Razorbacks.
"She swims distance, backstroke and IM," Sybesma said. "She can help us in the 100 free on the relays to the mile. We are looking for her to add depth and competition to our distance group. She is a versatile swimmer for both dual meets and conference championships."
Humphreys joins the Horned Frogs women's team from Lufkin High School. Her school's record holder in the 200 IM and 100 breast, Humphreys was a 2013 state championships qualifier. She also earned a regional championship as a senior.
"Sophia is a good breaststroker and sprinter," Sybesma noted. "She brings in some depth coming from a smaller town in Lufkin. Her potential is unlimited.
Gould will be joining the TCU diving squad from the Marist School in Atlanta. A four-time state championships qualifier, including a third-place finish this season, Gould has been a high school All-American in diving.
"Taylor has tremendous twisting ability, and is really good at finishing her dives," Sybesma said. "She needs to continue building her degree of difficulty, because she can be a real competitor for us."
The above seven will join the six signees from the November signing period on the 2013-14 TCU swimming and diving teams. The previous men's signee was Garrett Hills (Lake Wylie, S.C.) and the women's team signed Hannah Briant (Manaspuan, N.J.), Ashley Dyke (Charlotte, N.C.), Julia-Grace Sanders (Battle Ground, Wash.), Hannelore Strash (San Antonio) and Meagan Thompson (Mansfield).