Nov. 10, 2011
FORT WORTH – TCU’s swimming and diving teams travel to New Brunswick, N.J., this weekend for dual meets on the campus of Rutgers University.
The women’s team (5-1) is coming off wins in each of its last three duals and will take on two undefeated foes in Rutgers (4-0) and Seton Hall (5-0) this weekend. The Horned Frog men (3-2) take on Seton Hall (5-0) and St. Peter’s College (0-0).
The meet is a 19-event dual meet to be contested over two days. Nine swimming events and one diving are set for Friday, while eight swimming events and one diving event are on the docket for Saturday. The first event starts at 3 p.m., CST on Friday and 9 a.m., CST on Saturday.
About the TCU Women
The Frog women have five active TCU record holders on this year’s roster, including Ashley Bolin and Sabine Rasch, who each hold three Frog records. Bolin is the school-record holder in the 200-free (1:48.19), 200-IM (2:02.89) and 400-IM (4:18.35).
Rasch, who in 2011 became only the second TCU woman to win an individual Mountain West crown with her 100-free title, holds the TCU records in the 50-free (22.90), 100-free (49.25) and 100-butterfly (54.33). She currently leads the Mountain West in the 100-free and was recently named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week.
Other active school record holders for TCU are Michelle Fleming in the 200-breast (2:15.77) and Amanda Vincent in the 200-fly (1:59.20). For 2011, Vincent leads the conference in the 200-fly.
About the TCU Men
TCU features four school-record holders from last year’s squad, including NCAA qualifier Edgar Crespo. The senior from Panama City, Panama, is a breaststroke specialist who holds the TCU records in the 100-breaststroke (53.32) and 200-breaststroke (1:58.60). Crespo has qualified for the NCAA Championship each of the last two seasons.
Also on the roster are seniors Laszlo Gyurko and Friedrich Grott. Gyurko is the leading backstroker for the Frogs and holds the TCU record in the 100-back (47.44). He is second on TCU’s all-time 200-backstroke list. Grott holds the TCU record in the 100-fly (47.99) and 200-fly (1:46.34). Sophomore Michael Franz holds the TCU record in the 1650-free with a 15:26.70.
Currently, Crespo is fifth in the NCAA in the 100-breast and 10th for the 200-breast. Gyurko is 29th in the 100-back.
Follow the Frogs
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This weekend’s meets are the last dual meets of 2010 for the Horned Frogs. TCU travels to the U.S. Long Course National Championships on Dec. 1-3 and the UT Invitational on the same weekend. The next dual-meet for the Frogs is Jan. 6, 2012, in San Diego.
Last Time Out
TCU’s women’s squad enjoyed a banner weekend on Nov. 4 and 5 when it knocked off Rice and Wyoming, respectively.
The 159-126 win over Rice was the first for TCU in the last seven meetings with the Owls. Its 166-134 win over Wyoming as the first for TCU in the last five meetings with the Cowgirls.
The men’s team knocked off Wyoming as well, claiming a 193.5-106.5 triumph.
Series History vs. Weekend Foes
In its history, TCU has never squared off with any of its weekend opponents on the men’s or women’s side.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
3-meter diving (women)/1-meter diving (men)
1-meter diving (women)/3-meter diving (men)
Relay events are scored first to third, in an 11-4-2 scoring format. The top five placers in individual events score team points in a 9-4-3-2-1 format.
All I Do is Win, Win, Win
When the TCU women knocked off Wyoming on Nov. 5, they ran their season dual-meet record to 5-1. The five wins surpass last year’s four wins for the entire year. In addition, with the eight dual-meet wins between the two teams, Richard Sybesma’s career record stands at 412-277-4.
Junior Sabine Rasch leads the TCU women in wins this season with her 10 individual wins. Five have come in the 50-free and five have come in the 100-free. Amanda Vincent is right behind her with nine wins. Freshman Lizzy Oster has five wins.
On the men’s side, senior Edgar Crespo has tallied seven wins, while Laszlo Gyurko has four individual event wins.
Up to the Task
Swimming against tough competition in South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 14 and 15, TCU record holders Sabine Rasch and Amanda Vincent proved up to the task of taking on some of the best.
TCU sprint specialist Rasch cruised to victories in the 50-free (23.41) and 100-free (51.66). In her TCU career, she has been defeated only once in the sprint events at a dual-meet.
Vincent, the TCU butterfly specialist, won both of those events, clocking a 56.24 in the 100-fly and a 2:02.04 in the 200-fly.
One Busy Dude
TCU breaststroker Edgar Crespo wrapped up one of the busiest six-day stints in TCU swimming history from Oct. 14 to Oct. 19. The Panama City, Panama, native competed at the Notre Dame Relays on Oct. 14 and a dual-meet against Michigan, Notre Dame and Oakland on Oct. 15 before boarding a flight to the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico to compete Oct. 17 and 18.
At the Pan-American Games, Crespo notched a fifth-place overall finish in the 100-breaststroke with a long-course meters time of 1:03.08 in the finals. In the 200-breaststroke, Crespo placed ninth overall after winning the “B” final.
Checking the Mountain West Rankings
Numerous TCU women have littered their names throughout the Mountain West’s top-10 perfomance lists thus far this season.
50-free: Sabine Rasch (1st, 23.41); Parris Schoppa (8th, 24.14); Lauren Kaufman (10th, 24.24)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (6th, 51.29); Parris Schoppa (10th, 52.16)
200-free: Katie Scarsella (6th, 1:52.03)
500-free: Mackenzie Schuler (10th, 5:04.59)
100-back: Lizzy Oster (10th, 58.71)
200-back: Lizzy Oster (8th, 2:05.84)
100-breast: Van-Anh Hoang (7th, 1:06.08)
200-breast: Gabi Korac (6th, 2:22.07); Michelle Fleming (8th, 2:22.96)
100-fly: Amanda Vincent (3rd, 56.24)
200-fly: Amana Vincent (1st, 2:01.80); Ali Bleasdell (4th, 2:04.67)
200-IM: Ali Bleasdell (5th, 2:07.91); Victoria Thicke-Rattray (7th, 2:08.27)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (1st, 1:35.35)
400-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Mackenzie Schuler, Katie Scarsella, Parris Schoppa (1st, 3:27.92)
200-medley relay: Ashley Alspaugh, Van-Anh Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (8th, 1:47.52)
400-medley relay: Elizabeth Oster, Van-Ang Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (3rd, 3:54.19)
3-meter springboard: Katie Lybbert (7th, 297.90)
Checking the NCAA Rankings
The following swimmers have put themselves in the top-50 of the NCAA rankings thus far this season.
50-free: Sabine Rasch (33rd, 23.41)
100-back: Laszlo Gyurko (29th, 49.59)
100-breast: Edgar Crespo (5th, 54.80)
200-breast: Edgar Crespo (11th, 2:01.41)
200-free relay (W): Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (25th, 1:35.35)
400-free relay (M): Laszlo Gyurko, Ryan Wilcox, August Van Allen, Devin Price (30th, 3:04.28)
400-free relay (W): Sabine Rasch, Mackenzie Schuler, Katie Scarsella, Parris Schoppa (29th, 3:27.92)
200-medley relay (M): Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Devin Price (13th, 1:30.12)
400-medley relay (W): Lizzy Oster, Van-Anh Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (47th, 3:54.19)
Numerous freshmen shined for the Horned Frogs in the season opener against Centenary College with Matt Korman won twice, Thor Stenfjord and Josh Mangus all claiming event wins for the men.
Freshmen women winners were Ariel Bond, Ali Bleasdell, Mackenzie Schuler, Elizabeth Oster and Van-Anh Hoang. In the dual at Notre Dame, Victora Thicke-Rattray picked up her first wins in a TCU uniform, while Schuler won again against New Mexico State.
A Family Affair
With last year’s signing class, TCU now features three sets of siblings on the 2011-12 roster. On the men’s team, August Van Allen joins his older brother, Ross, who is a junior for the Frogs. Sophomore Gabi Korac, who transferred from Arkansas, joins her older sister Zrinka, a senior. Freshman Elizabeth Oster comes to TCU with her sister Jennifer, the TCU record holder in the 100-back.