TCU Splits Road Meet At Air Force
Nov. 13, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - The TCU women's swimming and diving team (4-1, 2-1) triumphed over Air Force Thursday by a score of 128-111, while the men (1-3, 0-2) dropped a 128-105 decision to the Falcons.
The women's squad won 10 of the 13 events, led by freshman Ashley Bolin, who added two wins on Thursday. Bolin paced the field in the 1000-free with a time of 11:00.38, while also earning the top spot in the 500-free with a clocking of 5:24.71. The Oshkosh, Wis., native has six wins on the year in five different events.
Sophomore Maria Paula Alvarez joins Bolin for the most wins on the squad after taking the 200-free in 1:54.80. Alvarez has now earned at least one victory in four of the Frogs first five dual meets.
For the first time in the Horned Frogs young season, sophomore Nikki Pappas and freshman Megan Higginbotham were welcomed into the win column, finishing as the top performer in the 50-free (24.71) and 200-IM (2:13.19), respectively. Returning to her home state, Englewood, Colo., native Jennifer Oster earned her first 200-fly medal with a time of 2:11.39.
From above, junior Jennifer Ferguson continues to perform well for TCU, claiming her fourth three-meter dive win with a score of 283.12. She also earned runner-up honors in the one-meter springboard, falling less than five points behind Air Force diver Ashleigh Peck.
The Frogs knew it would be a good evening after the opening event; taking the top three spots in the 400-medley relay to kickoff the meet. Macy Zander, Ellie Bradley, Kelsey Krug and Colorado-native Brittney Martinez turned in a clocking of 4:01.53 to lead the way.
For the men's side, sophomore Kyle Callens stepped up for TCU and upended the Falcons in both the one-meter and three-meter springboards. The Deer Park, Texas native, who leads the Mountain West Conference in the one-meter dive, topped his league-leading mark with a 320.70. On the three-meter jump, Callens earns his first medal of the year with a score of 341.93.
Juniors Josh Bagby and Ben Biefnes also posted impressive performances on Thursday. In the 200-breast event, Biefnes took the win with a time of 2:12.79, for his first victory of the season. Bagby brought home his third-straight 100-free win at 46.96, but saw his 50-free undefeated streak brought to an end, falling just .04 seconds short of his second win of the night.
Sophomore Jeff Gettel snatched his third 200-back win out of the water, topping his event with a time of 1:53.12. He has now won the event in back-to-back MWC meets. In relay action, TCU finished second in the 400-medley relay.
The TCU swimming and diving teams will quickly return to action Saturday for Swimming World Magazine's national "Meet of the Week" at Wyoming, the second MWC meet in three days for the Frogs.