Nov. 1, 2012
FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s swimming and diving team begins a new era Friday as they compete in their first Big 12 competition at Kansas. The showdown against the Jayhawks is part of a double-dual meet with KU and North Dakota. The Horned Frogs men will take on UND in a dual meet. Events begin Friday at 6 p.m. with competition resuming Saturday at 10 a.m. at Robinson Natatorium in Lawrence.
“We are excited with this being our first Big 12 competition,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “I think TCU and Kansas will have a coin-flip meet. I think we are both really good teams. There are some areas that we are talented and can win, and there are others where they are very talented and can win.”
The Horned Frogs women’s team is coming off a win at the Rice Invitational last weekend. TCU and the Owls battled to the final race with the Horned Frogs finishing only six points ahead. The victory in Houston was a credit to team depth, and it will need to be the same if TCU is to win its first Big 12 competition.
“I also see it being a meet about team depth along with talent,” Sybesma noted. “I think it will be a very exciting dual meet for our women. We look forward to some Big 12 action.”
The Jayhawks have also faced Rice this season, defeating the Owls in a dual meet 166-132 back on Oct. 6. The North Dakota women are 3-2, most recently knocking off South Dakota 155-133 on Oct. 20.
Being this will be the first time any of the TCU swimmers have competed at Robinson Natatorium in Lawrence, the squad will go up north a little early to get used to the surroundings.
“We will go there on Friday morning and do a workout,” Sybesma said. “We want to be able to get used to the turns and the rest of the pool.”
The North Dakota men’s team is 1-2 on the year, earning its first win of the season at home to South Dakota, 153-132. Sybesma and the TCU men will be sure to put forth their best effort against UND, but attention is already shifting towards next Wednesday’s showdown at SMU.
“I think this is a tune-up for our meet with SMU,” Sybesma noted. “SMU is our cross-town rival and it will be a big meet for us.”