Swimmers Chalk Up First Conference USA Victory
Jan. 16, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The Horned Frog women took their first Conference USA competition in stride, coasting to a 168-130 victory over the visiting Houston Cougars. With 11 of the 16 events going to TCU first-place finishes, the women boosted their record to 9-1.
The Houston divers dominated their portion, taking most of the points in the two boards. Sophomore Kelly Seely, current C-USA Diver of the Week and previously unbeaten in three-meter dual competition, fell to Azul Almazan by less than eight points. The rest of the Houston divers piled on to all but sweep the event from the Frogs. The one-meter solidly belonged to the Cougars.
However, the TCU swimmers more than made up for lost ground, winning all the freestyle events. Senior Erin Irons claimed the 50 (23.66) and 100 (52.24) free once again, along with teaming with sophomore Jennifer Antisdale, freshman Tara Sullivan, and junior Aimee Moreau to win the final event of the night, the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:36.10). The first event of the night also went to TCU: the 400 medley relay team of Moreau, sophomore Leann Cathcart, freshman Erica Tate, and Irons, in 3:57.19.
The reigning C-USA Swimmer of the Week, freshman Keleigh Wentworth, shaved more than three seconds off her conference leading 1,000 free time, finishing in 10:23.08 despite a false final lap bell that lost her some time. She also took the 500 free again, swimming it in 5:06.27, along with the 400 IM, in 4:28.99.
Other first place finishes included freshmen Christi Cannon in the 200 breast (2:25.66) and Karen Sandifer in the 200 free (1:54.86), Moreau in the 100 back (59.36, the only swimmer under a minute) and in the 200 back (2:07.54).
"This was a huge win," Coach Richard Sybesma declared after the meet. "Houston is an up-and-coming Conference USA team with very good swimmers. We are real excited; as a team we swam very well and we're happy to be 9-1 and tomorrow it'll be 10-1."
The women swim against New Mexico State University (4-4) tomorrow at 11 a.m. while the 8-0 men take on Florida (5th in the nation) at the same time. Both competitions will take place at the University Rec Center on the TCU campus and will include several fan-interactive marketing promotions.