Frogs Explode For Top Times Against Utes
Jan. 9, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Competing at home for the first time in over two months, the TCU swimming and diving team triumphed against Mountain West Conference powerhouse Utah Friday, as the men's squad topped the Utes by a score of 145-92, while the women end the night knotted, 121.5-121.5. The women's last home meet came against Colorado State on Nov. 7, while the men hadn't had a home dual meet since facing BYU on Oct. 30.
"This was a very impressive night by both of our teams against one of the best programs in the conference," TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. "Our team has really swam well this week and I couldn't be more proud of the way we looked against a tough team in Utah."
The men's squad was led by junior Josh Bagby and sophomore Edgar Peyro, as each contributed a pair of individual wins, while also competing in both TCU relay victories. Bagby, a Houston, Texas native, turned in his season-best time in the 100-free with a time of 45.87, while also pacing the field with his fourth victory in the 50-free of the year at 21.14, finishing ahead of freshman Jack Doran's season-best time of 21.23. Bagby also anchored TCU's winning 200-free relay, including newcomer Friedrich Grott, Doran and Ben Iannacone, at the end of the night, pulling away from the other squad's at 1:25.41.
Peyro tacked on his second win in the 200-IM with a clocking of 1:54.37, followed closely by fellow Frog junior Ben Biefnes at 1:56.38 to finish in the top two spots. Peyro also earned a big win for the Frogs in the 200-breast with his top time of the season at 2:05.80. Peyro also helped get TCU on the board in the first event, alongside the freshmen trio of Laszlo Gyurko, Grott and Doran, to earn the 200-medley relay medal at 1:33.83.
Sophomore Jeff Gettel continued his dominance against the MWC in the 200-back, extending his unbeaten streak to five meets with at 1:51.50. From above, senior R.J. Hesselberg swept both diving events, tallying a 353.85 score from the three-meter spring board and 311.02 in the one-meter event. Sophomore Kyle Callens followed closely with both runner-up finishes.
On the women's side, sophomore Maria Paula Alvarez stole the show by breaking the TCU 1000-free record for the second time in the week. After topping her own mark by nearly three second at 10:11.64 at UNLV Tuesday, the Cali, Colombia native shaved off more time with a lifetime-best clocking of 10:08.80 Friday. The newest record marks Alvarez' fourth time to break the school record and third occurrence of the season. Her performance against the Utes ranks fourth all-time in MWC history.
TCU will wrap-up the home schedule next Saturday against San Diego State and Centenary College at 1 p.m. at the University Rec Center before finishing the regular season on the road against New Mexico, North Texas and Incarnate Word.