TCU men drop heartbreaker to UNLV
Nov. 16, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU men's swimming and diving team fell two points shy of defending Mountain West Conference champion UNLV by a score of 151-149 on Friday at the University Recreation Center, while the TCU women's team fell 169-103.
"We had them on the ropes and let them off," said TCU head coach Richard Sybesma. "I'm still very proud that we were able to compete like we did with the defending conference champions. If we get a higher finish in any of the positions between No. 1 and No. 5, we would've won. They say football is a game of inches, and this shows that swimming is a game of hundredths of a second."
The men dropped to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the MWC this season with the loss. The Frogs and Rebels changed leads back and forth throughout the meet, as TCU grabbed its biggest advantage of 13 points with just five events remaining. The Frogs last led with three events left, and UNLV was able to sweep the following two events, which would prove to be the difference.
Senior Jonathon Berrettini and freshman Jeff Gettel swept the backstroke events. In the 100-back, Berrettini recorded a season-best time of 50.46 to take the top spot, followed by Gettel's time of 51.65. Gettel recorded an impressive performance in the 200-back, setting a personal-best time of 1:49.14 to take the victory, followed by Berrettini with a clocking of 1:51.18.
Scott McCracken, a senior from Houston, Texas, remained undefeated in the 50-free event in dual meets this season, taking the top spot in a time of 21.13. Josh Bagby followed in second place with a time of 21.37.
Cameron Allred also had a stellar showing, winning the 200-breast in a time of 2:08.52 and swimming to the runner-up position in the 100-breast with a time of 59.40.
The divers played a huge role in the men's strong showing on Friday. Freshman Kyle Callens won the one-meter event with a score of 288.45, followed by R.J. Hesselberg in second with a score of 263.62. In the three-meter event, Hesselberg took the top spot with a score of 347.10, while Callens placed third (282.75). Hesselberg's score was just shy of a career best (347.33) set two weeks ago.
The men's relay teams remained dominant on Friday. In the 200-medley relay, the team of Berrettini, Allred, Peyro and McCracken won in a time of 1:33.64. The 200-free relay squad of Berrettini, Bagby, Ben Iannacone and McCracken took the top spot in a time of 1:23.74. The men's `A' relay team remains undefeated on the season with nine victories.
The women's team dropped to 4-4 on the season and 1-3 in the conference with Friday's loss.
Stephanie Futscher, a sophomore from Irving, Texas, was the only event winner on the women's side. Futscher took the top spot in the 200-fly event in a time of 2:04.30, nearly two seconds better than the previous season best. Futscher is now 4-0 in the 200-fly event in MWC meets this season.
Jessica Miles had another solid outing, placing second in the 1000-free in a time of 10:25.43 and third in the 500-free with a time of 5:12.72.
Selected members of the swimming and diving teams will compete at the UT Invite in Austin, Texas, beginning on Nov. 29, and both squads will travel to the Las Vegas Invite beginning on Dec. 15.