Nov. 30, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – A pair of TCU men’s swimmers and a women’s relay reached NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards at the USA Swimming Winter National Championships Friday at the Texas Swimming Center. It was Mitch Adshead in the 400 IM, Adam Szilagyi in the 100 back and the women’s 800 free relay starring for the Horned Frogs in the pool.
“We really picked up our game today,” TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. “There were two American records set here today so the field was not going to slow down for us. I am proud of how we swam.”
Adshead had a big day in his top event, the 400 IM. The sophomore had a great prelims swim to qualify for the ‘B’ final in 12th overall with an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 3:51.78. Adshead came back even stronger at night, finishing third in the ‘B’ final, 11th overall in 3:51.18. Adshead moved up to second in TCU history in the 400 IM, only trailing All-American Walter Soza’s 3:50.18 set in 1994.
“Mitch did great posting two lifetime bests today,” Sybesma noted. “He has really moved himself into an elite-level swimmer. He came out, and was not intimidated by anyone.”
Szilagyi was a force in the 100 back Friday. The freshman dominated the second heat of the preliminaries session, qualifying for the ‘B’ final in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 47.83. In the final, Szilagyi improved on his morning time and place, finishing sixth in the ‘B’ final, 14th overall in 47.78. He ranks second in TCU history in the event.
“Adam continues to get better,” Sybesma said. “He is only scratching the surface of what kind of swimmer he can be at the end of the season.”
The 800 free relay team of Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Sara Brzozowski and Mikayla Winkler battled in a challenging final and was able to come away in seventh in 7:19.36. The time is an NCAA ‘B’ cut and second-fastest in TCU history. Rasch’s lead-off 200 free of 1:49.41 is the fastest on the Horned Frogs this season.
“We were pleased with the race, and becoming the second-fastest team in TCU history,” Sybesma stated. “We had three 1:49s and a 1:50 on the splits so we are pleased with the direction that relay is heading.”
The 800 free relay team of Thor Stenfjord, Sebastian Arispe, Ryker Saunders and Josh Mangus also made it to the podium with an eighth-place finish in 6:43.44.
The 200 medley relay team of Szilagyi, Harrison Bui, Corey Nix and Devin Price took first place in the ‘B’ final, ninth overall in a time of 1:31.47. The team of Cooper Robinson, Bui, Szilagyi and Nix had qualified 12th in the morning session in 1:33.01.
Ali Bleasdell posted a pair of 4:23s in the 400 IM. The sophomore went 4:23.28 in the prelims session to qualify 16th for the ‘B’ final in the evening. Though her time in the finals was a slower 4:23.38, Bleasdell improved her place to seventh in the heat, and 15th overall.
The final day of competition is tomorrow with prelims starting at 9 a.m. and finals getting under way at 5 p.m. On deck will be the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free and 400 free relay.