Sabine Rasch leads the Mountain West in the 100-free.
Nov. 3, 2011
FORT WORTH – TCU’s swimming and diving teams return to action this weekend with meets Friday and Saturday at the TCU University Recreation Center Natatorium.
The women’s team (3-1) welcomes Rice (1-1) to the URC on Friday for a 6 p.m., matchup. The men’s team (2-2) and the women’s squad will be in action Saturday when they take on Wyoming (0-1 women, 0-0 men). That meet begins at 1 p.m. All meets inside the URC Natatorium are free to the public.
Saturday’s meet with Wyoming is considered a nonconference affair, as the Mountain West is not sponsoring men’s swimming in 2011-12. On the women’s side, only a conference championship meet is being contested and a regular-season champion will not be crowned.
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). She currently leads the Mountain West in the 100-free.
Other active 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). For 2011, Vincent leads the conference in the 200-fly.
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.
Currently, Crespo is fourth in the NCAA in the 100-breast and 10th for the 200-breast. Gyurko is 16th in the 100-back.
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Both teams travel to New Brunswick, N.J., next weekend for meets with Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. Peters College. The women’s team duals all three schools, while the men will take on Seton Hall and St. Peter’s.
Last Time Out
In their last action, the TCU women knocked off New Mexico State on Oct. 21, 138-105 to improve to 3-1 on the season. Sabine Rasch picked up her fifth individual win of the season in the 100-freestyle as TCU won both relays and four other individual events.
The men’s team has not hit the water since Oct. 15, when it went 1-2 against Michigan, Notre Dame and Oakland.
Series History vs. Rice
Friday’s meet with Rice marks the 18th time TCU and Rice have met, tying the Owls with Texas A&M for the most appearances on TCU’s all-time schedule. The Horned Frogs hold a 10-7 advantage in the series.
Rice has claimed wins in each of the last six duals, including a 166-129 triumph in the last meeting between the two schools Oct. 4, 2005. From 1981 to 1992, TCU claimed 10-straight wins against its former Southwest Conference and WAC rival.
Series History vs. Wyoming
The TCU men hold a 4-2 series advantage all-time against the Cowboys. Last year, TCU dropped Wyoming, 168-132, in Laramie for the 400th win in TCU coach Richard Sybesma’s 33-year career. The women trail Wyoming, 5-1, in the all-time series. The Cowgirls have notched wins in each of the last four meetings.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
FRIDAY vs. RICE
SATURDAY vs. WYOMING
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.
Up to the Task
Swimming against tough competition in South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 14 and 15, TCU record holders Sabine Rasch and Amanda Vincent proved up to the task of taking on some of the best.
TCU sprint specialist Rasch cruised to victories in the 50-free (23.41) and 100-free (51.66). In her TCU career, she has been defeated only once in the sprint events at a dual-meet.
Vincent, the TCU butterfly specialist, won both of those events, clocking a 56.24 in the 100-fly and a 2:02.04 in the 200-fly.
One Busy Dude
TCU breaststroker Edgar Crespo wrapped up one of the busiest six-day stints in TCU swimming history from Oct. 14 to Oct. 19. The Panama City, Panama, native competed at the Notre Dame Relays on Oct. 14 and a dual-meet against Michigan, Notre Dame and Oakland on Oct. 15 before boarding a flight to the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico to compete Oct. 17 and 18.
At the Pan-American Games, Crespo notched a fifth-place overall finish in the 100-breaststroke with a long-course meters time of 1:03.08 in the finals. In the 200-breaststroke, Crespo placed ninth overall after winning the “B” final.
Checking the Mountain West Rankings
Numerous TCU women have littered their names throughout the Mountain West’s top-10 perfomance lists thus far this season.
50-free: Sabine Rasch (1st, 23.41); Parris Schoppa (7th, 24.14); Lauren Kaufman (9th, 24.24)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (4th, 51.48); Parris Schoppa (10th, 52.76)
200-free: Katie Scarsella (7th, 1:52.90)
500-free: Mackenzie Schuler (8th, 5:04.59)
1000-free: Kaitlyn Vann (10th, 10:36.77)
100-back: Lizzy Oster (10th, 58.71)
200-back: Lizzy Oster (5th, 2:05.84); Victoria Thicke-Rattray (9th, 2:07.66)
100-breast: Van-Anh Hoang (6th, 1:06.08)
200-breast: Gabi Korac (4th, 2:22.07); Michelle Fleming (7th, 2:22.96)
100-fly: Amanda Vincent (3rd, 56.24)
200-fly: Amana Vincent (1st, 2:02.04); Ali Bleasdell (7th, 2:06.75)
200-IM: Victoria Thicke-Rattray (3rd, 2:08.27); Ali Bleasdell (4th, 2:08.28); Ashley Bolin (10th, 2:10.63)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (1st, 1:36.07)
400-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Mackenzie Schuler, Katie Scarsella, Parris Schoppa (1st, 3:27.92)
200-medley relay: Ashley Alspaugh, Van-Anh Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (7th, 1:47.52)
400-medley relay: Elizabeth Oster, Van-Ang Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (2nd, 3:54.79)
3-meter springboard: Katie Lybbert (8th, 283.65)
Checking the NCAA Rankings
The following swimmers have put themselves in the top-25 of the NCAA rankings thus far this season.
50-free: Sabine Rasch (25th, 23.41)
100-back: Laszlo Gyurko (16th, 49.59)
100-breast: Edgar Crespo (4th, 54.80)
200-breast: Edgar Crespo (10th, 2:03.10)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (20th, 1:36.07)
400-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Mackenzie Schuler, Katie Scarsella, Parris Schoppa (24th, 3:27.92)
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. In the dual at Notre Dame, Victora Thicke-Rattray picked up her first wins in a TCU uniform, while Schuler won again against New Mexico State.
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.