Dec. 16, 2011
FORT WORTH – After a two-week hiatus for final examinations, TCU’s swimming and diving teams return to action Saturday through Monday at the University of the Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational in San Antonio.
It will be the last meet of the 2011 portion of the schedule for the Horned Frogs, who break for the Christmas holiday following the meet. The UIW Christmas Invitational is the second-straight non-dual meet for TCU, which also suited up at the Texas Invitational.
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 broke her own TCU record in the 50-free at the Texas Invitational when she touched the wall in 22.84. Her mark is No. 5 in the Mountain West for 2011. Rasch also owns the TCU records in the 100-free and 100-fly. In the 100-free, Rasch is third with a 49.59.
Amanda Vincent has also been red-hot for the Frogs, leading the league in the 200-fly with a 1:59.22 and ranking third in the Mountain West in the 100-fly with a time of 54.95. Both of those marks were tallied at the Texas Invitational.
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.
Crespo and Laszlo Gyurko lead the Frogs this season as the top breaststroker and backstroker, respectively. Both recently notched season-best times for TCU in 2011 at the Texas Invitational. Crespo clocked a 59.93 (14th in NCAA) in the 100-breast and Gyurko notched a 48.04 in the 100-back (31st in NCAA).
Follow the Frogs
Fans can follow the Frogs online by checking out TCU on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the official TCU athletics website, GoFrogs.com. Visit and “like” the Frogs on their Facebook page “TCU Swimming and Diving.” You can find the Frogs on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/tcuswimdive or following “@TCUswimdive.” Fans can also visit TCU swimming and diving’s YouTube page, youtube.com/tcuswimdive.
The Frogs break for the Christmas holiday before returning to action Jan. 6 in San Diego. The women’s team will compete in a double dual against San Diego State and UC-San Diego, while the men’s squad takes on only UC-San Diego.
Last Time Out
TCU had a strong showing at the Texas Invitational, with Sabine Rasch setting a TCU record in the 50-free and the Frogs grabbing six NCAA “B” qualifying standards overall.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
Preliminary competition in the championship-style event begins at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The finals are set for a 4 p.m., start each evening. The meet will be scored in a championship-style scoring, with points being awarded for 1st through 24th place in individual events and to 16th place on relays.
1-meter diving (W)
3-meter diving (M)
3-meter diving (W)
1-meter diving (M)
Platform diving (M&W)
TCU’s swimmers grabbed six NCAA “B” qualifying standards at the Texas Invitational on Dec. 4-6. On the final day of competition in Austin, TCU grabbed three NCAA “B” cuts. Sabine Rasch holds “B” cuts in the 50-free (22.84) and 100-free (49.59).
Other individual “B” cuts are Edgar Crespo in the 100-breast (53.93), Laszlo Gyurko in the 100-back (48.04) and Amanda Vincent in the 200-fly (1:59.22). TCU’s women’s 400-free relay of Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Mikelucky and Parris Schoppa also notched a “B” qualifying standard with a 3:23.18.
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 (5th, 22.84); Parris Schoppa (9th, 23.44)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (3rd, 49.59); Parris Schoppa (10th, 51.16)
200-free: Sabine Rasch (4th, 1:49.48)
100-breast: Gabi Korac (9th, 1:03.97)
200-breast: Gabi Korac (2nd, 2:16.68)
100-fly: Amanda Vincent (3rd, 54.95); Sabine Rasch (9th, 55.89)
200-fly: Amana Vincent (1st, 1:59.22); Ali Bleasdell (7th, 2:04.67)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (2nd, 1:32.89)
400-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Mikulecky, Parris Schoppa (3rd, 3:23.18)
200-medley relay: Jennifer Oster, Zrinka Korac, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (7th, 1:45.50)
400-medley relay: Elizabeth Oster, Van-Ang Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (6th, 3:48.55)
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 (43rd, 22.84)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (33rd, 49.59)
100-back: Laszlo Gyurko (31st, 48.04)
200-back: Cooper Robinson (41st, 1:46.25)
100-breast: Edgar Crespo (14th, 53.93)
200-fly: Amanda Vincent (48th, 1:59.22)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (28th, 1:32.89)
400-free relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Devin Price, Sebastian Arispe, August Van Allen (50th, 3:02.33)
800-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Mackenzie Schuler, Kristi Dena (36th, 7:26.33)
800-free relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Sebastian Arispe, Ryker Saunders, August Van Allen (44th, 6:44.80)
200-medley relay (M): Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Devin Price (39th, 1:30.12)
400-medley relay: Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias, Ryan Wilcox (41st, 3:20.00)
Numerous freshmen have shined for TCU in the first half of the season. At the Texas Invitational, multiple freshmen members of the TCU squad tallied personal bests. They are listed below.
Ricky Bradley: 1-meter springboard, 280.80; 3-meter springboard, 291.10
Van-Anh Hoang: 200-IM, 2:10.45; 100-breast, 1:05.27
Matt Korman: 200-IM, 1:51.78; 200-breast, 2:03.00
Curtis Muller: 1-meter springboard, 224.70
Elizabeth Oster: 200-IM, 2:10.21
Cooper Robinson: 200-IM, 1:54.25; 100-back, 49.60; 200-back, 1:46.25
August Van Allen: 200-IM, 1:53.82
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.