Dec. 17, 2010
WEEKLY NOTES | PSYCH SHEET
What’s on Tap
TCU’s swimming teams make the first of two trips to Oklahoma City this season when they travel to the 19th Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. The meet is a swimming-only event, as the divers will not be back in action until the next dual-meet. It is the second-straight non-dual event for the Horned Frog teams and the last meet on the schedule for 2010. TCU will break for the holidays before traveling to Las Vegas to take on UNLV.
About the Frog Men
The Frogs received 20 votes and are ranked No. 32 in the December edition of the
CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Poll. It is the highest ranking of the season for TCU and its highest since grabbing a No. 29 ranking at the end of the 2009-2010 season.
The TCU men have a core of athletes in all strokes and have their names littered throughout the MWC’s top-five top times list. Juniors Laszlo Gyurko and Edgar Crespo lead the Frogs in the backstroke and breaststroke, respectively. Gyurko is the MWC leader in the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke, while Crespo is second on the MWC 200-breaststroke list and third on the 100-breaststroke list.
Through two dual events, Crespo leads the Frogs with four individual wins. He has also been a part of two relay wins. Gyurko has racked up three individual wins to go along with four relay wins. In distance events, freshman Michael Franz has three wins.
Friedrich Grott has the second-best time in the league for the 20-butterfly and all of TCU’s relays are ranked in the top-3 in the Mountain West.
About the Frog Women
TCU’s 2010-11 women’s team features six seniors, including three-time All-MWC selection Maria Paula Alvarez. The Cali, Colombia, native is the TCU record holder in the 500-free, 1000-free and 1650-free. She also appears at No. 2 on TCU’s 200-free all-time top times list.
Sophomore Sabine Rasch has become an instant star for the Horned Frogs in the sprint events, posting a 5-1 record in the 50-free and 100-free so far this season. Her only loss came in the 50-free by one-hundredth of a second. Most recently, Rasch rewrote the TCU record books at the U.S. Short Course Nationals. She set school records in the 50-free, 100-free and 100-butterfly.
The Frogs have been dominant in the freestyle stroke, rather it be the sprints or the distance events. TCU won 17 of the 20 freestyle events that have been competed in its four duals, including five wins from Alvarez and four from Rasch.
Freshmen Christine Riddle and Amanda Vincent have made early contributions for the Frogs thus far this season. Riddle has posted three wins in the butterfly events, while Vincent has notched victories in the 500-free, 1000-free and 200-butterfly.
About the Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am Invitational
The Cheseapeake Elite Pro-Am Invitational is in its 19th year of competition at the Olympic Festival Pool on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College. The meet will be swam in a traditional morning preliminary followed by an evening final format. The prelims are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday morning, with the finals set to go at 5 p.m. Athletes are allowed to enter three events per day with a maximum of five individual events for the meet, plus relays. Teams are allowed to enter two relays per relay event. In the individual events, the top-32 swimmers by seed time will be placed in the first four heats from slowest to fastest.
Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am Rewind
TCU’s men’s 400-medley relay team was the highlight at last year’s Chesapeake Swim Club Elite Pro-Am Invitational, taking top honors during the Saturday competition. The TCU team of Jeff Gettel, Edgar Crespo, Edgar Peyro and Josh Bagby notched a time of 3:24.84. Crespo’s third-place finish in the 200-breaststroke with a time of 3:24.84 was the top individual performance. For the women, the TCU quartet of Brittney Martinez, Megan Higginbotham, Jennifer Oster and Ashley Bolin were fifth in the 400-medley relay.
A Historic Trip North
With the TCU men’s 168-132 victory over Wyoming on Nov. 19, Horned Frog coach Richard Sybesma won his 400th-career dual in his illustrious 32-year career at the helm of the TCU Swimming and Diving programs. Both men’s and women’s wins have counted for Sybesma over the years and his career record now stands at 400-271-4. He will get two shots at No. 401 when the Frogs visit UNLV on Jan. 7.
The Frogs do not return to dual competition until both teams travel to UNLV on Jan. 7. The men’s and women’s teams will travel to Las Vegas for a training trip before the start of the first semester that will proceed the dual-meet with the Rebels. UNLV’s men’s team is ranked No. 16 in this week’s TYR/CSCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Team Poll.
Last Time Out
TCU’s men’s and women’s swimming team rewrote the TCU record books against some of the nation’s top competition on Dec. 2-4 at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Sophomore Sabine Rasch’s performance at the events was the highlight of the event. She set TCU records in the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle and 100-butterfly. Her 50-free and 100-free times were both good for second in the MWC. On the men’s side, Laszlo Gyurko notched the fastest times of the year in the MWC for the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke. Rasch’s 50-freestyle time of 22.96 was an NCAA “B” cut, as is Gyukro’s 100-backstroke time of 48.25. Numerous other Frogs put their names on TCU’s individual and relay all-time top-five lists.
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Order of Events
The preliminary events will begin at 8:30 a.m., with finals set to begin at 5 p.m. The order will be the same for both sessions, with the women’s event swimming before the men’s event.
A Rasch of Success
When Sabine Rasch joined the TCU women’s swimming team a year ago, coaches anticipated she would be an immediate contributor after sitting out a season. She had already represented her home country of Germany at the FINA World Championships in 2009. The following are some of her accomplishments thus far in 2010.
• Notched a school-record 100-free time of 50.75 against San Diego State on Nov. 6
• Grabbed the fourth-best time in TCU history with a 23.36 against SDSU, only to better that time with a 23.25 against Colorado State for the third-best time in school history
• Has a 5-1 record in sprint events, with her only loss coming in the 50-free by one-hundreth of a second
• Also has three relay wins this season in the 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay and 400-freestyle relay
Laszlo Isn’t Lazy
Through two dual events and two championship-style scoring events this season, junior Laszlo Gyukro is already beginning to hit his midseason stride. He leads the Mountain West Conference in the 100-backstroke with a time of 48.25. That time is also 22nd in the NCAA and an NCAA “B” cut. His 1:47.80 in the 200-backstroke also leads the MWC and is 56th in the NCAA. The following are Gyurko’s other time rankings: 100-freestyle, 45.56 (6th MWC); 200-freestyle, 1:40.03 (7th MWC); 200-freestyle relay, 1:23.29 (3rd MWC, 51st NCAA); 400-freestyle relay, 3:02.41 (3rd MWC, 48th NCAA); 800-freestyle relay, 6:43.33 (2nd MWC, 32nd NCAA); 200-medley relay, 1:30.34 (3rd MWC, 31st NCAA); 400-medley relay (3:19.02 MWC, 28th NCAA).
Keeping Up With Crespo
In his first year of competition with the Frogs, Edgar Crespo burst onto the scene in a big way. The Panama City, Panama, native set the TCU record in the 100-breast in his inaugural year, notching a 53.32 at the MWC Championships. He won the MWC title in the 100-breast and became only the second Frog to qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships since 1997. Crespo’s 2010 accomplishments, despite hitting the pool only three times, are as follows:
• Notched wins in the 100-breast against Air Force and Wyoming to go along with a 200-breast win against AFA
• Grabbed a 100-butterfly win at a crucial time against Wyoming
• Has the third-fastest time in the MWC for the 100-breast and second-fastest for the 200-breast
• His 100-breast time (54.56) is the 25th-best in the NCAA and his 200-breast time (1:47.80) is 56th
• Also a member of 200-medley relay team with that is third in the MWC and 31st in the NCAA and 400-medley relay teams that are third in the MWC and 28th in the NCAA
...Of the Week
The Horned Frogs have already racked up multiple weekly honors during the young season. On Dec. 7, junior Laszlo Gyurko and senior Kyle Callens were named MWC Swimmer and Diver of the Week for the second time this season. Gyurko earned his honor after the U.S. Short Course Nationals, while Callens was in competition at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational. After the Short Course Nationals, Edgar Crespo and Maria Paula Alvarez were TCU’s athletes of the week.
Gyurko was also named TCU Athlete of the Week on Nov. 23 after his efforts on the road at Wyoming. Sophomore Sabine Rasch was named an Athlete of the Week by the TCU Athletic Department after setting a school record in the 100-freestyle against San Diego State. Gyurko was named MWC Swimmer of the Week for the week of Nov. 1 after earning two individual top-five finishes at the Southwest Collegiate Plunge.
After winning the 1-meter and 3-meter dive against Air Force on Oct. 22, Callens was named the MWC Diver of the Week for the fifth time in his career. He earned the honor three times as a junior and once a sophomore. Freshman Michael Franz was named TCU’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 25 after winning the 500-free against Air Force.
The Best Price is Free
Through three dual events this season, the TCU women have been downright dominating in freestyle events ranging from the 50-free to the 1000-free. Senior Maria Paula Alvarez leads the Horned Frogs with seven wins coming in the 200-free, 500-free and 1000-free. Sophomore sprinter Sabine Rasch has five wins across the 50- and 100-free. Amanda Vincent has two wins in the distance events, while Lindsey Stevens has added another win in a distance event. Against Air Force, when Rasch took the night off from sprint events, Parris Schoppa added a 50-free win and Katie Scarsella picked up a victory in the 100-free. Overall, TCU has won 17 of 20 freestyle events that have been competed in dual competition this season.
Up in the Air
When the Frogs traveled to Laramie, Wyo., on Nov. 19, it was the first time TCU had competed at altitude during the season. The Horned Frogs did not disappoint, sweeping the distance events when Michael Franz won the men’s 500-free and 1000-free and Maria Paula Alvarez won the women’s 500-free and 1000-free.
Back For More
Senior Maria Paula Alvarez has already three times been named an All-MWC performer and has her name atop three different TCU all-time performance lists. However, Alvarez is on pace to make the most of her final year of competition with the Horned Frogs. The Cali, Colombia, native leads the Frogs in wins so far this season with seven. She has claimed three wins in the 500-free, two in the 1000-free and two wins in the 200-free. Her 500-free time of 4:56.28 and 1000-free time of 10:13.27 are fourth-best in the league.
Franz the Fabulous Freshman
Freshman Michael Franz made an immediate impact in his first competitive action with the Horned Frogs. In the meet’s second event, the 1000-freestyle, Franz placed second with a time of 9:29.74. That mark is third on TCU’s all-time performance list. Later in the meet, in the 500-free, Franz touched the wall first in 4:36.53 to earn nine crucial team points for the Frogs as the meet was winding down. Competing at altitude, Franz won the 500-free and 1000-free at Wyoming. The following weekend, at The Southwest Collegiate Plunge, Franz improved his 500-free time to 4:34.27. His 1000-free time of 9:29.74 is 4th in the MWC this season.
Through three events this season, four freshman contributors have notched seven wins for the TCU women. Christine Riddle leads the freshman women with three event wins, all of them coming in butterfly events. Amanda Vincent has added two wins in distance events and one in the 200-butterfly. Emily-Rose Creighton and Michelle Fleming have each notched a win this year for the Frogs. At the U.S. Short Course Nationals, Fleming notched a 2:17.62 that is good for third all-time on TCU’s 200-breaststroke list. Vincent’s 2:03.54 in the 200-butterfly is fifth all-time at TCU.