Sunday, December 18, 2011

TCU Men, Women Lead After Day 1 of UIW Christmas Invitational

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (December 17, 2011) The TCU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams lead the field after the first day of competition at the University of the Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational at the Palo Alto College natatorium.

The TCU men and women combined for six wins to highlight the first day’s competition.

The Horned Flogs men’s 400-yard medley relay consisting of Laszlo Gyurko, Edgar Crespo, Luiz Azarias and Devin Price won the final event of the evening with a time of 3:19.98.

Gyurko also took top honors in the 100-yard butterfly with the time of 48.59.

Azarias and Friedrich Grott also scored in the event placing sixth and eighth, respectively.

Sebastian Arispe also won the gold for the Horned Frogs with his 4:26.61 in the 500-yard freestyle. It was his first win in his career for TCU.

Michael Franz, Cooper Robinson and Ross Van Allen also finished in the top 8 and scored points in the event.

The final win for the TCU men was Ricky Bradley’s victory in the 3-meter diving with a personal best score of 305.90.

Freshman Victoria Thicke-Rattray won the 200-yard individual medley for the women followed closely by teammate Ali Bleasdell for the one-two finish.

Katie Lybbert also scored on the boards, winning the 1-meter diving event with the score of 252.85.

The Horned Frogs finished the day leading both divisions, with the men tallying 668 points while the women scored 591 points.

In the men’s division, TCU was followed by Missouri State (627.5), University of the Incarnate Word (517.5), and Utah (333).

The TCU women were followed by Rice (511), Missouri State (398.5), Utah (335.5), University of the Incarnate Word (284) and North Texas (76).

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