Oct. 14, 2011
FORT WORTH – TCU’s swimming and diving teams return to action this weekend in South Bend, Ind., for the Dennis Stark Relays on Friday before returning to the pool Saturday for dual meets.
The TCU men battle perennial national powers Michigan and Notre Dame, along with Oakland. TCU’s women’s squad takes on Notre Dame in Oakland. The Dennis Stark Relays begin at 4 p.m., Friday, while the first gun fires at the dual meet at 10 a.m., Saturday.
About the TCU Men
TCU features 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 on the roster 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 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.
The TCU women return to the TCU University Recreation Center Natatorium on Oct. 21 to take on New Mexico State. The meet starts at 6 p.m.
Last Time Out
TCU’s women’s team knocked off Centenary College 107-83, while the men’s team was a 119-89 winner over Centenary for both teams to improve to 1-0 on the season.
Series History vs. Weekend Competition
In their history, the TCU men and women have faced only Notre Dame of this weekend’s slate of opponents. The Frog women are 1-0 all-time against Notre Dame, claiming a 151-92 in 1989. TCU’s men are 3-1 all-time with wins in 1989, 2001 and 2002. TCU has never faced Michigan or Oakland.
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 is in 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 406-274-4.
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.
Numerous freshmen shined for the Horned Frogs in the season opener against Centenary College with Matt Korman won twice, Thor Stenfjord and Josh Mangus all claiming event wins for the men. Freshmen women winners were Ariel Bond, Ali Bleasdell, Mackenzie Schuler, Elizabeth Oster and Van-Anh Hoang.
A Busy Weekend
Edgar 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. He will represent his home country of Panama in the 100-breaststroke and 200-breaststroke.
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.
Additionally, TCU freshman Josh Mangus notched a U.S. Olympic Trails qualifying standard in the 200-backstroke with a 2:04.39. That time was notched at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Palo Alto, Calif.
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.