The TCU women’s swimming and diving team will be participating in a different style of competition against San Diego State on Friday.
The format of the competition will be a sprint-style meet, featuring fast-paced swimming events. Both teams will only be competing in 50-yard and 100-yard stroke events. Stroke events include backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.
The swimmers will be not be competing in a 1,000-yard freestyle event, but the meet will include 200-yard and 400-yard individual medley events.
Head coach Richard Sybesma said the sprint-style meet is a faster pace of competition that allows sprint-stroke swimmers to show their abilities in the water.
Since the first two meets of the season were not sprint-style, he said the SDSU meet would allow him to gauge how well the shorter distance swimmers are doing.
TCU will face SDSU for the first time since leaving the Mountain West Conference.
Although the Aztecs are now a non-conference opponent, Sybesma said, the competition on Friday would be a friendly meet.
The SDSU head coach Mike Shrader is a long-time friend of Sybesma. Shrader, a Fort Worth native, graduated from Southwest High School.
Sybesma said he wanted to hire Shrader in the mid-80s to be a graduate assistant coach but he chose to take an offer from SMU.
“This is one guy who I respect,” Sybesma said. “Win, lose or draw we’re good friends.”
The SDSU program is coming off its second MWC championship in three years. The Aztecs won the Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif. the last time they were in the water.
The TCU women’s squad holds a 1-1 record after opening the season with two meets in three days.
TCU started the season by earning its first win against Kansas in program history, defeating the Jayhawks, 176-124.
The women’s squad lost in the dual-meet against North Carolina, 97-200.
Sybesma said the loss did not mean the meet was unsuccessful. By looking at the times each TCU swimmer finished, the Frogs are in good standing considering how early it is in the season.
The meet will be at the TCU Recreation Center Natatorium and begin Friday at noon.