Dec. 2, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU swimming and diving head coach Richard Sybesma announced the Horned Frogs' fall signing class Wednesday, adding eight swimmers.
"I'm excited about this class and where it can help us," said Sybesma. "All of these kids can really help us. We feel that this group will really be able to improve our program in and out of the water."
Taylor Bentley is one of six swimmers that committed to join the women's team this fall. Bentley, a native of Georgetown, Texas, swims at Georgetown High and will compete in backstroke events for TCU. Bentley holds the Eagles’ record times in the 200-back and 500-free, while being named team MVP in 2007-2008. Out of the water, Bentley was named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in last year.
“Taylor is a really good backstroker and we are real happy to have her,” Sybesma said.
Emily-Rose Creighton will join the Purple and White from Newmarket High School in Newmarket, Ontario. Creighton was the 2009 Ontario Provincial Champion in the 400-IM long course meters and she made her first Canadian National qualifying times last season in her 400-IM, 200-IM, 200-breast and 200-backstroke.
“Emily-Rose can swim IM, backstroke and breaststroke,” Sybesma said. “We think she will be a big help both in dual meets and as a big scorer at the conference meet.”
Michelle Fleming, a Whitby, Ontario native, swims for coaches Matt Bell and former Frog Mischa Sommerville at Ajax Aquatic Club. The breaststroker has claimed multiple gold medals at the Junior Provincial Championships and broke both the 100- and 200-breast records in February.
“Michelle is a very good breaststoker and we are hoping to develop her IM times,” Sybesma said. “He times are really quick in the breaststroke.”
Christine Riddle will make the short trek to Fort Worth, coming from Colleyville Heritage High in Colleyville, Texas. Riddle was named a 2009 NISCA/Speedo All-American and TISCA District 5-A Swimmer of the Year after qualifying for the State meet and earning second-team All-State recognition in the 100-fly. The future Frog is also a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.
“We are looking for Christine to add depth to our program in the butterfly events, while working on her freestyle sprints,” Sybesma said.
Mandy Vincent will join the women's swimming team from Gar-Field Senior High in Woodbridge, Va. A finalist at the Virginia 3A State Championships in the 100-fly and 500-free, Vincent has also earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American acclaim in her first three years of high school. Vincent plans to compete in butterfly and distance freestyle events at TCU. She swam for Kristan Weisner and Pete Morgan.
“Mandy will be a great addition to our squad in the butterfly events,” Sybesma said. “I am really excited to see what she can do for the Frogs.”
Katie Scarsella will be enrolling in January and will look to make an immediate impact for TCU this spring. The Southlake, Texas product competes at Westlake High and is a member of the Dallas Mustangs swim club. Scarsella is a three-time All-American and two-time all-State selection in the sprint events. Katie has been coached by Isaac Grombacher and Mark Rhodenbaugh.
“We’re excited to have Katie join our team at midterm,” Sybesma said. “She is a sprint specialist and we feel that she will really make an immediate impact on our team this year.”
On the men’s side, Michael Franz, should provide support for the Frogs in the freestyle events. The Carmichael, Calif., native is a three-time All-American and currently swims for Rio Americano High, as well as for Arden Hills swimming.
“Michael can swim a little bit of everything,” Sybesma said. “He comes from a prestigious club in California and we think he is going to be a difference maker in the distance events, as well as adding depth in other areas.”
Ryker Saunders brings a pair of All-American honors to the table for the Frogs in the sprint and butterfly events. A native of Franklin, Tenn., Saunders is a three-time team MVP at Battle Ground Academy and holds the 100-free record at Excel Aquatics.
“We are really excited to have Ryker,” Sybesma said. “We are looking for him to really explode in the sprints and on our relays.”
2009-10 Swimming and Diving Signees