Jan. 14, 2011
FORT WORTH -- TCU’s swimming and diving teams return to action Saturday when they host Utah inside the TCU University Rec Center Natatorium at 12 p.m. It will be the last time TCU and Utah square off as members of the Mountain West Conference. The Utes are set to leave the league for the PAC-10 after this season. It will be the first dual-meet of the season inside the TCU URC that is a men’s and women’s dual and the third overall for the squads. The meet is the first time TCU has hosted a home meet since Nov. 11, when the Colorado State women visited Fort Worth.
About the Frog Men
The Frogs received 23 votes and are ranked No. 29 in the January edition of the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Poll. It is the highest ranking of the season for TCU and its highest since picking up the same ranking at the end of the 2009-2010 poll.
The TCU men have a core of athletes in all strokes and have their names littered throughout the MWC’s top-five top times list. Juniors Laszlo Gyurko and Edgar Crespo lead the Frogs in the backstroke and breaststroke, respectively. Gyurko is the MWC leader in the 100-backstroke and 200-backstroke, while Crespo is second on the MWC 200-breaststroke list and third on the 100-breaststroke list.
Through three dual events, Crespo leads the Frogs with six individual wins. He has also been a part of two relay wins. Gyurko has racked up five individual wins to go along with four relay wins. In distance events, freshman Michael Franz has three wins. Friedrich Grott has the second-best time in the league for the 200-butterfly and all of TCU’s relays are ranked in the top three in the Mountain West. The TCU 800-freestyle relay team is second, while three of the four relays are in the top-32 of the NCAA.
About the Frog Women
In her first season competing for the Horned Frogs, sophomore Sabine Rasch has stolen the show and rewritten the TCU record books. A star sprinter, Rasch holds the TCU record in the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle and 100-butterfly. Most recently, Rasch rewrote the TCU record books at the U.S. Short Course Nationals. She set school records in the 50-free, 100-free and 100-butterfly. At the Chesapeake Elite Pro-Am Swim Meet, she again broke her own record in the 100-free.
Rasch and senior Maria Paula Alvarez have been the anchors for the TCU women’s squad, racking up 15 individual wins between them. Rasch leads the team with eight wins after winning the 50-free and 100-free against UNLV. Both of them have been a part of four relay wins for the Horned Frogs.
The Frogs have been dominant in the freestyle stroke, rather it be the sprints or the distance events. TCU has won 19 of the 25 freestyle events that have been competed in its five duals. Freshmen Christine Riddle and Amanda Vincent have made early contributions for the Frogs thus far this season. Riddle has posted three wins in the butterfly events, while Vincent has notched victories in the 500-free, 1000-free and 200-butterfly.
About the Ute Men
Utah enters Saturday’s meet as the only Mountain West Conference team that has yet to face MWC competition. The Utes are 3-3 overall, with their most recent dual being a win over Seattle on Dec. 3, the last time the Utes were in competition, be it a dual or championship-style scoring event. Saturday’s meet will kickoff five-straight conference duals for the Utes, leading up to the Mountain West Conference Championships in Oklahoma City on Feb. 23-26. Individually, diver Nelson Foo has led the Utes. He has racked up one MWC Diver of the Week honor this season. On the 1-meter springboard, Foo is ranked third in the league and is sixth on the 3-meter board. In the pool, Brent Murray leads Utah in all sprint events.
About the Ute Women
Utah’s women enter the meet with a record of 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the league. The Utes have picked up league wins over New Mexico and Colorado State, while falling to San Diego State. Junior Hannah Caron is the current MWC Swimmer of the Week and leads Utah in the butterfly and individual-medley events. In the air, Ellis Walters is the top diver for Utah’s women’s squad. In December, she posted an NCAA zone qualifying score of 273.45 in the 1-meter dive.
Series History vs. Utah
The TCU men are 4-1 all-time against Utah, including last year’s thrilling 151-147 win in Salt Lake City. All of the meetings between the two schools have been as members of the Mountain West, with the only loss coming in the first meeting on Nov. 14, 2006.
TCU’s women are 0-4-1 all-time as conference foes with the Utes. In the last meeting between the schools at the TCU University Rec Center, TCU and Utah swam to a 121.5-121.5 tie. A year ago in Salt Lake City, Utah claimed a 157-141 win.
Dual Rewind vs. Utah
The Frog men won a thrilling dual a year ago at Utah, placing first and third in the meet’s final event to squeeze out a 151-147 win on the road. TCU’s 400-freestyle relay team of Laszlo Gyurko, Rourke Barrett, Edgar Peyro and Josh Bagby touched the wall first and Ben Iannacone, Andrew Moore, Dan Bodin and Friedrich Grott placed third to clinch the win for the Frogs.
The women won six events a year ago against Utah, with Jennifer Ferguson and Maria Paula Alvarez each picking up two wins on the night.
The Frogs take a week off before hosting New Mexico and BYU on Jan. 28 inside the TCU University Rec Center Natatorium. The TCU men will take on BYU, while the Frog women will face both of the squads. It will be Senior Night for 16 Horned Frog seniors, including 10 on the men’s team.
Last Time Out
The TCU men saw their remarkable streak of 11-straight dual wins come to an end at UNLV on Jan. 7. The Rebels claimed a 157-136 triumph in Las Vegas. Edgar Crespo and Laszlo Gyurko both won two events for the Frogs.
TCU’s women squad dropped a 161-139 decision to the Lady Rebels. Sabine Rasch and Michelle Fleming both were double winners on the night.
Just One Last Time
TCU and Utah are meeting for the last time as members of the Mountain West Conference. The Utes are set to join the PAC-10 Conference after this season. TCU will join the Big East Conference on July 1, 2012.
A Streak Buster
The TCU men saw their remarkable streak of 11-straight dual wins come to an end on Jan. 7 when they traveled to UNLV. With the meet coming down to the last event, the Rebels grabbed a 157-136 victory in the dual. The Frogs had not lost a dual-meet in more than two years. Before Jan. 7, 2011, TCU was last downed when UNLV got the best of them on Jan. 6, 2009. In the streak, TCU won nine-straight duals against Mountain West competition, including a 5-0 record in 2009-2010 and the MWC regular season title that season.
Freshmen Getting It Done
The TCU women have gotten great contributions from their freshmen class this season. While Sabine Rasch and Maria Paula Alvarez have accounted for 15 of TCU’s individual wins this season to lead the Frogs, freshmen Amanda Vincent, Michelle Fleming and Christine Riddle are the next three on the list. Vincent has four wins, while Fleming and Riddle have both grabbed three triumphs this season.