Frog swimmers drop tight meets at MWC foe Utah
Jan. 14, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The TCU women's swimming and diving team (10-2 overall, 5-2 MWC) dropped a hard fought 125.5-117.5 decision at league-leader Utah (5-1, 4-0) on Saturday afternoon at the Ute Natatorium. In addition, the Horned Frog men (4-4, 1-4) dropped a 129-114 result at the hands of the Utes (3-1, 1-1).
"We swam very well here in Utah," TCU swimming coach Richard Sybesma said. "It just wasn't enough today. We are very much looking forward to a great Mountain West Conference meet next month on both the men's and women's sides."
The Utah women opened up with a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard medley relay, which vaulted the Utes into a 15-2 advantage after one event. The Horned Frogs were forced to play catch-up from that point and were unable to complete the comeback.
TCU made a strong push when Keleigh Wentworth (2:10.73) and Christi Cannon (2:11.48) took the top two spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Wentworth's time was just .08 seconds off her season-best effort. The junior was also victorious in the 200-yard butterfly with a 2:09.22.
Maribeth Pottenger won the 200-yard breaststroke with a swim of 2:21.87 to top second-place finisher and teammate Katie Rosen (2:25.16). Another individual winner was Erica Tate, who after placing second in the 50-yard freestyle earlier in the day, was the champion in the 100 free (52.47).
On the other hand, the TCU men got off to a good start, as the Frogs' 400-yard medley relay teams took first and third in the opening event. The contingent of Guillermo Ramirez, Aran Bean, Teylor Arboleda and Jonathon Berrettini won with a time of 3:30.66.
Alejandro Gomez continued his strong weekend with another first-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:46.06). He also won the 500 free with a time of 4:40.98, the best by a TCU swimmer this year.
In addition to aiding the 400 medley relay squad, Arboleda also won a pair of individual events. He took the men's 200-yard individual medley with a season-best clocking of 1:58.04 and won the 200 fly (1:56.33) to edge teammate George Gooch (1:57.32).
The Horned Frogs made a strong push in the 200-yard breaststroke by sweeping the medal positions. Bean placed first in 2:10.73 and was followed by Alan McCallum (2:12.00) and Cameron Allred (2:13.57).
Another strong race for TCU was the 200-yard backstroke, as Ramirez (1:52.83) and Berrettini (1:54.18) placed first and second respectively.
The TCU swimming and diving teams are next in action at Centenary on Friday night. The meet in Shreveport, La., is set to begin at 6 p.m. (CT).