Nov. 5, 2012
FORT WORTH – The TCU men’s swimming and diving team makes the short trip to Perkins Natatorium for a dual meet with the SMU Mustangs Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
“SMU is a very good team,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “The meet will be a great challenge for us, but we look forward to the opportunity.”
TCU is coming off a 192-150 win over North Dakota Friday and Saturday. The win improved TCU’s dual meet record to 2-0.
TCU had many competitors post strong weekends. Cooper Robinson posted two impressive times in the backstroke, going 50.32 in the 100 back and 1:48.81. Michael Franz completed a challenging Saturday double in style, touching first in the 400 IM (4:05.53) and 500 free (4:39.12).
There will be many freshmen making their debut in the rivalry that will need to come through for TCU to come out on top. The TCU coaching staff talked up Adam Szilagyi as being one of the most versatile members of the Horned Frogs, and he has delivered. The Hungarian leads TCU in the 100 free and 100 fly and is part of the squads fastest 200 and 400 free relays and 200 medley relay. He also ranks second in the 50 free.
Harrison Bui has been racking up wins at an impressive rate, already having eight to his name through two meets. The Houston native is the team leader in the 100 and 200 breast and 200 IM along with the 200 and 400 medley relay.
After a four-year hiatus, the Horned Frogs and Mustangs renewed their rivalry last season in Fort Worth with SMU earning a 178-120 victory.
This will be SMU’s first dual meet of the season, and only second competition. The Mustangs finished third at the Southwest Collegiate Plunge back on Oct. 19-20. SMU’s top swimmer is senior Mindaugas Sadauskas, an NCAA qualifier in the 50 and 100 freestyle and C-USA Invite champion in the two sprints. The Lithuanian has a personal best of 19.87 in the 50 free.
“He is one of the top sprinters in the country,” Sybesma noted. “We will have to be on our game to keep up with him.”
Wednesday will mark the 25th time the Horned Frogs and Mustangs compete in a dual meet.