Oct. 5, 2012
FORT WORTH – TCU’s swimming teams begin its competition schedule Monday when it heads to Andrews, Texas for a dual meet against UT-Permian Basin. The meet is slated to begin at 3 p.m. at Mustang Natatorium in Andrews High School. The meet will be the conclusion of a two-day fall training trip for the Horned Frogs swimmers.
“We are looking to achieve three things on this trip,” TCU head swimming coach Richard Sybesma noted. “Early season competition, team bonding and training will be the primary goals of the trip.”
Sybesma and the Horned Frogs coaching staff are taking advantage of TCU’s fall break, which begins Friday at 10 p.m. and goes through Wednesday to get in the trip.
“It is a short training trip, but it will be a full one,” Sybesma said. “We are excited to be racing early in the season.”
The Falcons of UT-Permian Basin are a program on the rise in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). In spite of finishing fifth in both men’s and women’s competitions at the 2012 conference championships, UTPB broke 21 school records are recorded multiple Division II ‘B’ cuts. Among the Falcons to keep an eye on is men’s sophomore Alex Ruata. Ruata set seven school records as a freshman and was named RMAC Freshman of the Year.
“UTPB is a high-caliber Division II program,” Sybesma noted. “We are looking forward to some early season racing.”
The last time the Falcons and Horned Frogs met in the pool was Oct. 9, 2008 in Andrews with both TCU squads coming out victorious.
TCU enters the 2012-13 season with strong programs of its own. The TCU women’s squad returns eight school-record holding swimmers, including 2012 NCAA Qualifier and German Olympic Trials finalist Sabine Rasch.
The Horned Frogs men will miss the services of two-time Olympian Edgar Crespo and multiple school-record holder Laszlo Gyurko, but return seven school record holders of their own. Among that group are U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers Josh Mangus and Cooper Robinson.
The meet on Monday will consist of 10 events. The TCU divers will not be traveling to Andrews due to the Falcons not having a diving program.