Swimmers Begin Short Course Nationals, Divers Launch in Austin

Senior Josh Bagby

Senior Josh Bagby

Dec. 3, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nineteen TCU men's and women's swimmers will compete at the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships and the USA Swimming Long Course Time Trials in Federal Way, Wash., Dec. 3-5, at the at the Weyerhaueser King County Aquatic Center.

Last season, Josh Bagby broke Jonathan Berrettini's school-record time in the 100-free with a time of 44.64 in the preliminary heat. Bagby would break his own record two more times last spring. The women’s 800-free relay squad of Ashley Bolin, Kaitlyn Vann, Lindsey Stevens and Stephanie Futscher recorded an impressive showing, notching what is now the school's fourth-fastest time of 7:30.63 to finish 14th out of 27 teams in the final.

Top American swimmers competing this week include Rebecca Soni, Margaret Hoelzer, Eric Shanteau, Dana Vollmer, Katie Hoff, Garrett Weber-Gale and Peter Vanderkaay. Japanese Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima, who won both the 100m and 200m breast at the 2008 Olympics, will be back in the water in Federal Way.

The meet will follow the traditional schedule of morning prelims and evening finals with the morning sessions starting each day at 9 a.m. Evening finals begin at 5 p.m. Five to seven events will be contested daily. Footage from the meet will air nationally on NBC on Saturday, December 12 at 1 p.m. CT.

The TCU diving squad will also be in action this weekend, traveling to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invitational, Dec. 3-5. Junior Kyle Callens hasn’t lost an event through the Frogs’ first three meets this semester and has been named the Mountain West Conference Diver of the Week on two occasions. Both Callens and senior Jennifer Ferguson own one of the top three scores posted by a conference diver this season.


 

 


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