Women's Swimming Closes Regular Season With Best Record in Sybesma's 24 Years as Head Coach
Jan. 25, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU women's swimming and diving squad closed the most successful regular season in head coach Richard Sybesma's 24 years at the helm of the Horned Frogs by splitting meets with Houston and Rice this weekend. The Frogs defeated Conference USA-foe UH 136-107 Friday night at SMU but fell to the Owls 156-137 Saturday at Grapevine High School.
The Frogs' dual meet record of 12-2 surpasses the 1980-81 squad's record of 12-3-1 as the most successful of the Sybesma era. The 1980-81 Horned Frogs featured eight swimmers that went on to achieve All-America status that season.
Leading TCU to Friday's win over the Cougars was junior Erin Irons (Midland, Texas/Midland). Irons captured victory in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events (:53.14 and 1:55.09, respectively) and also helped the Frogs 400 medley relay to a first-place finish in 3:59.12.
Aimee Moreau (Kenner, La./St. Martin's Episcopal), who notched an individual and two relay victories on Friday, paced the Frogs on Saturday with two more individual wins and a relay triumph. The sophomore swept Saturday's backstroke events, taking the 100 in :58.55 and the 200 in 2:05.97, as well as helping TCU's 400 freestyle relay to the win in 3:40.89.
"Although we weren't able pull out the victory against a very tough Rice team, I am very proud of what we have accomplished," Sybesma said. "Knocking off a conference opponent and matching the most wins in 22 years is a great way to head into the C-USA meet."
TCU will go for its first-ever league crown when it competes at the C-USA Championships February 23-25 in Indianapolis, Ind.