July 14, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU swimming and diving head coach Richard Sybesma announced the schedule for the 2008-09 season on Monday. The 16-meet schedule consists of six home meets that will be held at the University Recreation Center.
The Frogs open the season with two meets for “Family Weekend” on Oct. 3-4. The festivities begin Friday with the UNT Relays in Keller, Texas, followed by a dual meet against Missouri State on Saturday.
Both squads will hit the road for the first away meet on Oct. 9 in Andrews, Texas, against University of Texas Permian Basin. The two schools have not faced each other since their first meeting on Nov. 11, 2005, as TCU cruised past the Falcons as part of a quadrangular meet with Centenary and McMurry, 113-71.
After hosting a meet against the TCU Varsity Alumni on Oct. 25, the Purple and White will welcome BYU, the first Mountain West Conference opponent of the season, on Oct. 30. Last season against the Cougars, the men fell by a score of 140-95, while the women dropped a 126-100 decision.
The women will host the final home meet of the fall against Colorado State on November 7, before joining up with the men and setting off on a tough, two-meet road trip at Air Force on Nov. 13 and Wyoming two days later. The Frogs swept Air Force at home last season, the women won by a score of 127-102, while the men won a thriller in the last event by a score of 131-112.
Coach Sybesma will then use the next 19 days to prepare his squads for the final action of the fall term, the Short Course National Championships and Long Course Time Trials in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 4-7.
The two teams will enjoy the holiday break before practice starts back up on Dec. 28. Both squads will travel to Las Vegas to kickoff the spring schedule on Jan. 6. The men will look to avenge a heartbreaking loss to the Rebels a year ago, falling by two points, 151-149.
TCU will return to the University Recreation Center to host Utah on Jan. 9, the Friday before spring classes begin. Last season at Salt Lake City, TCU split the dual meet with the Utes, as the men won 136-101, while the women struggled to a 141-95 defeat.
On Jan. 17, the Frogs will welcome both Centenary and MWC foe San Diego State to the TCU campus for the first time since Sybesma earned his 350th career win on Nov. 18, 2006. At Centenary last year, TCU combined for 11 new Centenary Fitness Center records as the men's team won by a score of 95-88 and the women's squad took a 102-73 decision.
After the women travel to New Mexico and North Texas on Jan. 23 and Feb. 4, respectively, the men will head south to San Antonio, Texas to close out the regular season against Incarnate Word on Feb. 7 to round out the regular season.
TCU will participate in the MWC Championship on Feb. 25-28 in Oklahoma City, Okla., looking to improve on the men’s fifth place finish and the women’s sixth place tally from a year ago.
Postseason action will begin in March with the NCAA Diving Regional, although the dates and location have yet to be announced. The NCAA Championships will be held at College Station, Texas with the women slated for action on March 19-21, followed by the men, March 26-28
2008-09 TCU Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Schedule
Oct 3 - UNT Relays, Keller, Texas (M&W)
Oct 4 - vs. Missouri State, Ft. Worth, Texas (M&W)
Oct 9 - at UTPB, Andrews, Texas (M&W)
Oct 25 - Varsity Alumni, Ft. Worth, Texas (M&W)
Oct 30 - BYU*, Ft. Worth, Texas (M&W)
Nov 7 - Colorado State*, Ft. Worth, Texas (Women)
Nov 13 - Air Force*, Colorado Springs, Colo. (M&W)
Nov 15 - Wyoming*, Laramie, Wyo. (M&W)
Dec 4-6 - Short Course National Championships, Atlanta, Ga.
Dec 7 - Long Course Time Trials, Atlanta, Ga.
Jan 6 - UNLV*, Las Vegas, Nev. (M&W)
Jan 9 - Utah*, Ft. Worth, Texas (M&W)
Jan 17 - SDSU* & Centenary, Ft. Worth, Texas (M&W)
Jan 23 - New Mexico*, Albuquerque, N.M. (Women)
Feb 4 - North Texas, Denton, Texas (Women)
Feb 7 - Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas (Men)
Feb 25-28 - MWC Championship, Oklahoma City, Okla. (M&W)
March - Diving Regional, TBA
March 19-21 - NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas (Women)
March 26-28 - NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas (Men)
*Denotes MWC meet