Feb. 26, 2013
FORT WORTH - Another TCU program gets an introduction to the Big 12's biggest stage as the TCU swimming and diving teams compete at the Big 12 Championships Wednesday through Saturday in Austin. The Horned Frogs begin competition with men's 1-meter diving prelims at 4:30 p.m. with the swimming beginning at 6 p.m. with the 200 medley relay. The finals of men's 1-meter diving and the 800 free relay will also be competed on Wednesday.
Competition on Thursday, Friday and Saturday starts at 10 a.m. Finals will begin all three nights at 6 p.m.
The Horned Frogs have enjoyed its first season in the Big 12 and will go into the Texas Swimming Center looking to finish their season on a high note, or post fast enough times to make the NCAA Championships at the end of the month.
TCU's men's team finished the dual meet season with a 3-2 record, including the program's first Big 12 dual meet victory at West Virginia. The Horned Frogs have really done their damage in the invitational meets with its stars rising up to lead the way. Cooper Robinson comes into the meet as the top seeded swimmer in the 200 back, posting an NCAA `B' cut and new school record of 1:43.25 at the San Antonio Classic in December. He also has an NCAA `B' cut in the 100 back in 48.18, which is seeded fifth in the event.
Mitch Adshead also comes into the meet as the top seed of an event, leading the way in the men's 200 breast with a season-best time of 2:02.06. He is also seeded second in the 400 IM, posting an NCAA `B' cut of 3:51.18 at the USA Swimming Short Course Nationals.
Other TCU men coming into the meet with NCAA `B' cuts include Sebastian Arispe in the 1,650 free (15:29.03), Luiz Azarias in the 200 fly (1:47.66), Adam Szilagyi in the 100 back (47.49) and the 800 free relay of Szilagyi, Ross Van Allen, Arispe and Josh Mangus (6:40.36).
The TCU women put together a 4-3 dual meet record. They also recorded their first Big 12 conference dual meet win at West Virginia in January. Sabine Rasch has once again been the Horned Frogs' leader across many events. She has posted an NCAA `B' cut in the 50 free (22.69) and also leads the team in the 100 free, 200 free and as a member of the 200, 400 and 800 free relay.
The Horned Frogs women have seen two school records go down during the season, both at the San Antonio Classic. Sara Brzozowski took down the 1,000 free record during her 1,650 free going through the first 40 lengths in 9:57.98. Brzozowski is also the team leader in the 500 and 1,650 free and as part of the 800 free relay team. Gabi Korac re-set her own school record in the 200 breast, posting an NCAA `B' cut in 2:13.37.
TCU has been led in the diving well by Ricky Bradley on the men's side and Katie Lybbert in the women's division. Bradley is the Frogs' leader on 1-meter and 3-meter and has qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships. Lybbert, also an NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifier, leads the TCU women on both 1-meter and 3-meter, but also on Platform.
The Big 12 is home of the country's No. 1 men's team as the Horned Frogs will face off against the top-ranked Longhorns of Texas. TCU was the only men's team in the league to face both Texas and West Virginia during the dual meet season. The women's team has faced Kansas, Texas and West Virginia in the dual meet season, only not having competed against Iowa State during dual meet competition.