Nov. 28, 2012
FORT WORTH – TCU’s swimming and diving teams will get the opportunity to compete against the best competition in the country this weekend at the AT&T Winter National Championships Thursday through Saturday in Austin. Prelims begin each day at 9 a.m. and finals start at 5 p.m. The event will be streamed online for free on usaswimming.org.
“We will be competing at one of the fastest pools in the nation,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “We will get an opportunity to see where our team is in the conference and national rankings. We are anxious to see how we stack up against the best competition in the country.”
With USA Swimming choosing the University of Texas’ Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center as the hosts of the yearly short course national championships, the yearly UT Invitational stepped aside for a season. Some of the best swimmers in the country will take to the water over three days in Austin.
“The cool thing about this is that it is a club-style event,” Sybesma noted. “You will have professionals, you will have club swimmers, there will be top high school swimmers and then the college competitors.”
Many of the top college teams in the country will be represented with Big 12 foes Texas and West Virginia in action, along with the likes of Indiana, UCLA and USC. There will be 17 members of the U.S. Olympic swimming team in action, the notables including individual London gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Matt Grevers on the men’s side, and Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky on the women’s side.
“We are excited to go represent TCU at national-level meet,” Sybesma noted. “Our goal is to get back at night and to race with the best.”
As this is a time standard meet, TCU will be traveling a limited squad this week, but it is a squad that is long on talent. The TCU men are in action for the first time since a competitive meet at SMU, while the women return for the first time since taking on Kansas and North Dakota at the beginning of November.
One area TCU is primed to be strong in is the backstroke. Cooper Robinson and Adam Szilagyi both posted strong times in the SMU meet and look primed to continue on. On the women’s side, Sabine Rasch will look to post strong times in the 50 and 100 free. Sara Brzozowski will get her second opportunity to swim the 1,650 free after becoming the fourth-fastest Horned Frog in the event at the Rice Invitational.