Oct. 7, 2010
TCU Swimming and Diving Meet Notes Oct. 7
What’s on Tap
TCU women’s swimming team travels to the 4th Annual North Texas Relays at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium in Mansfield, Texas. It is the fourth-straight year the TCU women have opened the season at the North Texas Relays. The Horned Frogs will put all of their swimmers in action, though diving will not be part of the event.
The Horned Frog men begin their Mountain West Conference dual season title defense Oct. 22 against Air Force at the TCU URC Natatorium.
Both teams are set to be in action the following morning in the annual Varsity Alumni meet at the URC Natatorium.
Meet Quick Hits
• Sophomore Sabine Rasch makes her Horned Frog debut after sitting out a year ago
• Rasch, a Luckenwalde, Germany, native, has represented her country at the 2008 FINA World Cup and won four gold meldals at the 2007 Germany Junior National Championships
• Maria Paula Alvarez begins her fourth year of competition for the Horned Frogs
• The Cali, Colombia, native is a three-time All-MWC selection and holds the TCU record in all freestyle distance events
• The Frogs return three women who earned All-MWC honors a year ago
The top six finishing relay teams in each event will be awarded team points with 14 points going to the event champion.
Teams may enter “A” and “B” relays in each event, with “C” relays being allowed based on space within the events.
The scoring system is 14-10-8-6-4-2 with one relay from each team scoring.
Order of Events
3 x 100 Fly Relay
3 x 100 Back Relay
3 x 100 Breast Relay
4 x 200 Free Relay
-- 15 minute break --
50-100-150-200 Free Ladder Relay
4 x 100 Medley Relay
4 x 50 Free Relay
3 x 500 Free Relay
-- 15 minute break --
4 x 100 IM Relay
4 x 100 Free Relay
North Texas Relays Rewind ... 2009
TCU finished second at the North Texas Relays a year ago, with SMU claiming first-place honors. The Frogs racked up 98 team points, bettering North Texas, Tulane and Incarnate Word.
The Frogs recorded two wins at the events, coming in the 300-breast relay and the 500-free medal.
TCU Historically at the North Texas Relays
The Frogs have competed in all three editions of the North Texas Relays, with second-place finishes coming on two occasions. SMU has won the event each year it has been competed.
2007 - With 10 freshman competing, TCU earned 82 points and placed third at the UNT Relays
2008 - TCU garnered two wins and finished in second place behind meet champion SMU
2009 - The Frogs won two events and grabbed their highest point total in the history of the event with 98 points to finish in second place
Follow the Frogs
Those looking to follow the Horned Frogs this season can do so via multiple social media outlets.
Twitter - www.twitter.com/TCUswimdive
Facebook - www.facebook.com/TCUswimdive
YouTube - www.youtube.com/TCUswimdive
After having just four seniors on the women’s team and two seniors on the men’s team in the 2009-10 season, the two squads feature 16 seniors this year.
The men’s team has 10 seniors, headlined by backstroker Jeff Gettel and diver Kyle Callens. Both were All-MWC performers a year ago and Gettel did not lose on his back during the season.
The women’s senior leader is Maria Paula Alvarez, who was an All-MWC selection for the third in her career a year ago. She holds the TCU record in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-free.
Wearing the Bull’s-Eye
The 2009-10 dual season was one to remember for the TCU Horned Frog men’s team.
The Frogs mowed through their dual schedule with a 7-0 record, including a 5-0 record against MWC competition. TCU won its first conference title since joining the conference.
Individually, Edgar Crespo and Jeff Gettel were undefeated in their respective events on the year. Gettel went 13-0 in backstroke events during the season, while Crespo went 12-0 in breaststroke events.
The men’s squad returns to the water to defend its regular-season conference championship Oct. 22 when TCU plays host to Air Force.
An International Affair
The 2010-11 edition of TCU’s swiming and diving teams stretches well beyond the borders of the second-largest state in the United States. The women’s team features five swimmers from four countries outside the U.S. The men’s team has five athletes from four countries other than the U.S.
Barbados - Theo Trotman
Canada - Emily-Rose Creighton and Michelle Fleming
Colombia - Maria Paula Alvarez
Croatia - Zrinka Korac
Germany - Friedrich Grott and Sabine Rasch
Hungary - Laszlo Gyurko
Panama - Edgar Crespo
Keeping Up With Crespo
In his first year of competition with the Frogs, Edgar Crespo made an instant splash.
The Panama City, Panama, native set the TCU record in the 100-breast in his innagural year, notching a 53.52 at the MWC Championships.
He won the MWC title in the 100-breast and became only the second Frog to qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships since 1997.
More on Edgar
• Became the seventh Frog to win a MWC individual title since TCU joined the league in 2005-06
• Competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Panama, winning his heat in the 100-meter breaststroke
• Represented his country at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome