Nov. 5, 2010
FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s swimming and diving team began its Mountain West Conference season Friday evening with a 148-129 over Air Force at the TCU University Recreation Center Natatorium.
The Horned Frogs (1-0, 1-0 MWC) swept the 200-medley relay, 200-freestyle relay, 100-freestyle and 200-freestyle en route to claiming victories in 13 of the 16 events.
The Falcons fell to 0-4 overall and 0-4 in conference action.
“We are happy to get our first conference win,” TCU coach Richard Sybesma said. “Air Force has some strong athletes, so we’re happy to get started on the right foot.”
TCU grabbed 15 early points going 1-2 in the 200-medley relay, the meet’s first event. The TCU team of Zrinka Korac, Michelle Fleming, Sabine Rasch and Parris Schoppa swam a 1:47.58 for first-place honors and 11 team points.
Brittney Martinez, Nikki Pappas, Jenny Oster and Rachel Nash touched the wall behind them in 1:49.74 for second place and four team points.
Freshman Amanda Vincent won both distance events for the Frogs, touching the wall in 5:16.06 in the 500-freestyle and in 10:42.61 in the 1000-freestyle.
Another freshman, Christine Riddle, won both butterfly events for TCU. In the 100-butterfly, Riddle notched a time of 58.91 and a 2:06.84 in the 200-butterfly.
Other TCU individual winners on the night included Maria Paula Alvarez in the 200-freestyle, Fleming in the 100-breaststroke, Schoppa in the 50-freestyle, Katie Scarsella in the 100-freestyle, Martinez in the 200-backstroke, Megan Higginbotham in the 200-breaststroke and Emily-Rose Creighton in the 400-individual medley.
The Frog women return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. when MWC leader San Diego State visits the URC Natatorium.