Dec. 15, 2012
SAN ANTONIO - A victory in the men's 3-meter diving competition for Ricky Bradley led the TCU swimming and diving squads Saturday at the UIW Christmas Invitational. Both Horned Frogs squads are second in their team standings, with the men at 597 chasing Incarnate Word's 641 and the women pursuing North Texas with TCU at 504 and UNT at 553.
"We had a lot of people get back at night and swim well," TCU head coach Richard Sybesma said. "The Incarnate Word team has been having a great meet and are making a lot of D-II cuts."
Bradley had a tough competition with Garrett Nevels of Missouri State. The TCU sophomore was able to edge out his competitor with a 299.55 compared to Nevels' 299.30. Curtis Muller added valuable points with a third place finish of 273.85. Sean Evans finished fifth (244.80) and Joseph Stegeman sixth (236.45).
The Horned Frogs men were led in the pool by a strong effort in the 50 free. Freshman Corey Nix led the way with a second place finish in 20.73. Devin Price was right behind him in third in 20.76 and Adam Szilagyi took fourth in 20.83.
"Those guys were all neck-and-neck," Sybesma noted. "What a great race for them. That is becoming one of our better events."
The men's 500 free also put up a strong showing with five swimmers in the top nine. Leading the way was Sebastian Arispe's third-place effort in 4:27.16. Thor Stenfjord was fifth (4:30.74), Michael Franz seventh (4:32.91) and Ross Van Allen eighth (4:33.20). Josh Mangus won the `B' final in 4:32.11 to finish ninth overall.
"Mangus really swam well in the consol heat," Sybesma noted. "With everyone was the 4:28-4:33 range, our depth showed tonight and will show later in the season."
The men capped off the night with a second and third place finish in the 400 medley relay. The team of Cooper Robinson, Ford Story, Szilagyi and Price led the way in 3:19.98.
On the women's side, the distance swimmers were strong as well. The freshmen trio of Sara Brzozowski, Mikayla Winkler and Carley Stevens all made the `A' final. Brzozowski led the way with a fourth place finish in 4:49.99. She also posted a sub-4:50 time in prelims with a swim of 4:49.50, becoming only the second swimmer in TCU history to go below 4:50, joining school record holder Maria Paula Alvarez. Winkler finished fifth (4:53.27) and Stevens eighth (5:00.96).
"That was phenomenal for us," Sybesma stated. "That was a career-best time for Carley, and Mikayla was not far off her best time. We have really turned around our distance program in a short amount of time."
Parris Schoppa and Katie Scarsella took part in the `A' final of the women's 50 free. Schoppa finished third in 23.53 with Scarsella in fifth with a 23.94. Ali Bleasdell also took part in an `A' final, taking second in the 200 IM in 2:03.75.
The women's 400 medley relay teams took third and fourth with the grouping of Ashley Alspaugh, Gabi Korac, Bleasdell and Schoppa leading the way in 3:47.74. That is the third-fastest quartet in TCU history.
Competition will continue tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 a.m. and finals kicking off at 5 p.m. Events are the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 800 free relay, men's 1-meter diving and women `s 3-meter diving.