Nov. 30, 2011
FORT WORTH – TCU’s swimming and diving teams travel to Austin, Texas, this weekend to compete at the Texas Invitational from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3.
The Horned Frogs are sending a limited roster to event as many athletes are in the midst of preparation for final examinations. The meet is a premiere short-course event for the college year, with the U.S. Short Course Championships not being competed in advance of an Olympic year.
Luiz Azarias, Sebastian Arispe, Ricky Bradley, Edgar Crespo, Michael Franz, Laszlo Gyurko, Curtis Muller, Cooper Robinson, Devin Price, Eric Steiger and Ryan Wilcox are competing for the men’s team.
Traveling for the women’s squad are Kristi Dena, Van-Anh Hoang, Zrinka Korac, Katie Lybbert, Lauren Mikulecky, Elizabeth Oster, Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Parris Schoppa, Mackenzie Schuler and Amanda Vincent.
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 and was recently named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week.
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 14th in the NCAA in the 100-breast and 31st for the 200-breast. Gyurko is 52nd in the 100-back.
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 takes the break for final examinations before retuning to action at the San Antonio Classic on Dec. 17-19. TCU returns to dual-meet action Jan. 6 in San Diego.
Last Time Out
The men went 2-0 on the East Coast on Nov. 11 and 12, knocking off Seton Hall and St. Peter’s College. The women’s squad split with Rutgers and Seton Hall.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
Preliminary competition in the championship-style event begins at 10 a.m., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The finals are set for a 6 p.m., start each evening. The meet will be scored in a championship-style scoring, with multiple points being awarded for 1st through 16th place.
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 (4th, 23.41)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (6th, 51.29); Parris Schoppa (T-9th, 52.16)
200-free: Katie Scarsella (10th, 1:52.03)
100-fly: Amanda Vincent (8th, 56.24)
200-fly: Amana Vincent (2nd, 2:01.80); Ali Bleasdell (7th, 2:04.67)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (2nd, 1:35.35)
400-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Mackenzie Schuler, Katie Scarsella, Parris Schoppa (2nd, 3:27.92)
200-medley relay: Ashley Alspaugh, Van-Anh Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (8th, 1:47.52)
400-medley relay: Elizabeth Oster, Van-Ang Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (5th, 3:53.24)
3-meter springboard: Katie Lybbert (8th, 297.90)
Checking the NCAA Rankings
The following swimmers have put themselves in the top-50 of the NCAA rankings thus far this season.
100-breast: Edgar Crespo (14th, 54.80)
200-breast: Edgar Crespo (31st, 2:01.41)
200-medley relay (M): Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Devin Price (27th, 1:30.12)
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.