Head swimming and diving coach Richard Sybesma said the team's leaders need to step it up this weekend even though the team has swam well recently.The team will swim in an exhibition game against Centenary, McMurry and Texas-Permian Basin on Friday before Saturday's meet against conference rival Wyoming.
"This weekend we mainly need our upperclassmen to step it up," Sybesma said. "It will give us our best chance to do well (on Saturday) with our freshman still going through a bit of a learning process right now."
TCU prepares to start its season without star post player and first team All-American, Sandora Irvin.Head coach Jeff Mittie said a player like Irvin is a rare treasure and replacing her will be difficult.
"Hopefully several players will raise their level of play so that we have several players taking big shots at the end of the game," Mittie said, "but again, it's very difficult to lose a player as a first round pick."
The Phoenix Mercury took Irvin third overall in the 2005 WNBA Draft.
This weekend, the Horned Frogs will play New Mexico at the Johnson Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and then travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on Air Force on Sunday.TCU looks to even the season series with a win over New Mexico on Friday.
Earlier this year, TCU fell behind 2-0 before rallying to tie the match, but then dropped the fifth game 15-12 to the Lobos. Head coach Prentice Lewis said she hopes the team's determination will allow it to prevail.
TCU's men's and women's cross country teams were defeated at the 2005 Mountain West Conference Championships meet Saturday on the Collindale Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo. The men placed last out of 6 teams, while the women placed eighth in a nine-team tournament.
Brigham Young swept the championships.
Senior Kip Kongogo came in at 24:35.3, received All-Conference recognition and third place at the meet.
Despite the poor overall finishes, head coach Patrick Cuniff said he saw good things at the meet.
The Horned Frog swimming teams won the CSU Early Bird Invitational this weekend.Head coach Richard Sybesma said he loved how his teams came out to play.
"Our teams fought hard and competed well." Sybesma said. "When the teams compete well in altitude, it shows how good we really are. I was thrilled to come out with three victories."
The men scored 1,024.5 points to win against Mountain West Conference opponents Wyoming (968) and Air Force (832), who finished second and third.
Despite the uncertainties of moving into a new conference, H20 Frogs head coach Richard Sybesma said he expects to have a strong season against stronger competition."The Mountain West Conference is a much stronger conference than what we left (Conference USA)," Sybesma said. "We have a great opportunity to really have an impact on it. We right now are predicted to be third in men and fourth in the women (in the conference swimming polls), and I think we will really surprise some people especially in the women's. We got a really good program in the men's and women's side."
The Frogs will play their final two home games of the 2005 season when they host Nevada-Las Vegas and San Diego State this weekend at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.Head coach Dan Abdalla said he wants to treat the game against UNLV like any other game, even though he served as the Rebels head coach from 2000-2004.
"It's just going to be another game," Abdalla said. "They're going to play hard, we're going to play hard and it's just going to come down to which team will be able to execute."
For the first time in TCU women's tennis history, a player has won a grand slam event in collegiate tennis. Sophomore Nicole Leimbach won the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship on Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
"It makes you feel good when you are the record setter or whatever you want to call it, but I really don't think about it that much." Leimbach said. "It makes you feel good knowing you are setting goals so someone else can break them."
Baseball has been known as the great American pastime, but now faces issues such as steroids and overpaid players, which may threaten its future.With Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro testing positive for steroids and the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez working under a $252 million contract, many people think players are not in it for the same reasons as past greats.
The steroids scandal has tainted the game for many fans, but freshman history major Ashley House said she will still remain loyal to the game even though she feels it is stained with all the scandals.
The Horned Frog volleyball team will continue its conference play when Air Force and New Mexico come to town this weekend.Friday, the team will play Air Force, whose current record is 4-14 overall and 0-4 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Frogs face New Mexico, which is 9-5 overall and 1-3 in conference, Saturday. The match is at 7 p.m. at the University Recreation Center.
Junior outside hitter Calli Corley said she has high hopes for the team and herself this weekend, as well as this season.