Oct. 7, 2011
FORT WORTH – TCU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the season on the right note Friday evening with wins over Centenary College inside the TCU University Recreation Center Natatorium.
The men’s squad knocked off the Gents, 111-89, while the women’s team picked up a 107-83 triumph. Both teams improved to 1-0 on the young season.
The Horned Frogs won all three relays on the women’s sides, including both 200-medley relays to open the meet. TCU’s women’s team of Katie Scarsella, Sabine Rasch, Madison Rupp and Parris Schoppa touched the wall in 1:51.16 for the win.
TCU’s senior-laden men’s 200-medley relay team of Laszlo Gyukro, Edgar Crespo, Friedrich Grott and Ryker Saunders followed with a 1:33.21 for a win of their own. Saunders, the freestyler, is the lone member of the squad who is not a senior.
The Frog women picked up their second of three relay wins in the 200-free relay when Rasch, Scarsella, Schoppa and Kristi Dena blistered the field with a 1:36.17. They would add their third in the final women’s event of the evening, another win for the same quartet with a 3:29.55 in the 400-free relay.
TCU’s men’s 400-free relay team capped off the evening with a dramatic win of their own. Sebastian Arispe, Michael Franz, Nathan Losch and Luiz Azarias finished in 3:13.67, just ahead of Centenary’s squad that touched in 3:13.93.
Individually, numerous Frog newcomers shined in their TCU debuts. On the women’s side, Ariel Bond was a winner in the 200-free with a 1:56.98. Ali Bleasdell grabbed her first win a TCU uniform when she touched the wall in 2:08.86 for the 200-IM. Mackenzie Schuler won the 100-free (53.38), Elizabeth Oster was fastest in the 100-back (58.71) and Van-Anh Hoang picked up a win in the 100-breast (1:06.09).
For freshmen on the men’s team, Matt Korman won his first of two events when he clocked a 1:58.12 in the 200-IM. He later added a 59.50 for top honors in the 100-breast. Thor Stenfjord notched a win in the 500-free with a 4:42.36 and Josh Mangus was fastest in the 100-back with a 54.08.
Other individual winners for the TCU women were Schoppa in the 50-free (24.14), Amanda Vincent in the 100-fly (56.90) and Dena in the 500-free (5:09.31). Laszlo Gyurko added the only other win for the TCU men with his 51.84 in the 100-fly.
The Frogs return to action Oct. 14 and 15 when they travel to South Bend, Ind., for two meets. TCU competes at the Notre Dame Relays on Oct. 14 before returning to the pool Oct. 15 for a dual-meet with Michigan, Notre Dame and Oakland.