Oct. 6, 2011
FORT WORTH – TCU’s swimming and diving teams open the 2011-12 season Friday when they host Centenary College of Louisiana inside the TCU University Recreation Center Natatorium. The first event is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
About the TCU Men
TCU returns four school record holders from last year’s squad, including NCAA qualifier Edgar Crespo. The senior from Panama City, Panama, is a breaststroke specialist who holds the TCU records in the 100-breaststroke (53.32) and 200-breaststroke (1:58.60). Crespo has qualified for the NCAA Championship each of the last two seasons.
Also returning are seniors Laszlo Gyurko and Friedrich Grott. Gyurko is the leading backstroker for the Frogs and holds the TCU record in the 100-back (47.44). He is second on TCU’s all-time 200-backstroke list. Grott holds the TCU record in the 100-fly (47.99) and 200-fly (1:46.34). Sophomore Michael Franz holds the TCU record in the 1650-free with a 15:26.70.
About the TCU Women
The Frog women have five active TCU record holders on this year’s roster, including Ashley Bolin and Sabine Rasch, who each hold three Frog records. Bolin is the school-record holder in the 200-free (1:48.19), 200-IM (2:02.89) and 400-IM (4:18.35).
Rasch, who in 2011 became only the second TCU woman to win an individual Mountain West crown with her 100-free title, holds the TCU records in the 50-free (22.90), 100-free (49.25) and 100-butterfly (54.33).
Other returning school record holders for TCU are Michelle Fleming in the 200-breast (2:15.77) and Amanda Vincent in the 200-fly (1:59.20).
Follow the Frogs
Fans can follow the Frogs online by checking out TCU on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the official TCU athletics website, GoFrogs.com. Visit and “like” the Frogs on their Facebook page “TCU Swimming and Diving.” You can find the Frogs on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/tcuswimdive or following “@TCUswimdive.” Fans can also visit TCU swimming and diving’s YouTube page, youtube.com/tcuswimdive.
TCU travels to South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 14 and 15 for two meets. The Frogs will compete in the Notre Dame Relays on Oct. 14, before returning to the pool the following day for a dual-meet with Michigan, Notre Dame and Oakland.
Series History vs. Centenary College
TCU’s women’s squad is 9-0 all-time against the Centenary College Ladies, while the men’s team is 11-0 all-time against the Gents. Last year’s meet was canceled due to inclement weather. In the last meeting between the two schools, the TCU women prevailed 118-76 and the men picked up a 113.5-83.5 victory.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
Relay events are scored first to third, in an 11-4-2 scoring format. The top five placers in individual events score team points in a 9-4-3-2-1 format.
Starting No. 33
Richard Sybesma enters his 33rd year at the helm of the TCU swimming and diving programs in 2011-12, making him the longest-tenured head coach at TCU. A year ago, when the men’s team knocked off Wyoming, Sybesma picked up his 400th win as the Horned Frog head coach. His total dual meet record stands at 404-274-4.
In the spring of 2011, Sybesma led Sabine Rasch to an individual Mountain West title in the 100-free and saw Edgar Crespo advance to the NCAA Men’s Championship for the second-straight year.
I’ll Just Stay Home
In dual meets, the TCU men have lost only once in the past two seasons. In 2009-10, TCU stormed to an 7-0 mark and went 4-1 in 2010-11. TCU has not lost a dual meet at home since Oct. 30, 2008.
Into International Waters
TCU senior Edgar Crespo suited up against the world’s best this summer at the FINA World Swimming Championships. He set personal bests in the 50-breast (28.15), 100-breast (1:01.94) and 200-breast (2:17.38). All of those times were notched in an Olympic-size 50-meter pool.
Crespo’s 50-breast time is currently the 54th-fastest in the world for 2011. His 100-breast time is the 96th-best this year. His next international event will be the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from Oct. 14-30. Crespo is set to leave immediately after TCU’s meets at Notre Dame.
A Family Affair
With last year’s signing class, TCU now features three sets of siblings on the 2011-12 roster. On the men’s team, August Van Allen joins his older brother, Ross, who is a junior for the Frogs. Sophomore Gabi Korac, who transferred from Arkansas, joins her older sister Zrinka, a senior. Freshman Elizabeth Oster comes to TCU with her sister Jennifer, the TCU record holder in the 100-back.