TCU swim and dive falls to San Diego State 157-139


    The San Diego State women’s swimming and diving team defeated TCU 157-139 Friday afternoon at the University Recreation Center Natatorium.

    TCU dropped its second consecutive loss since opening the season with a win over Kansas.

    Unlike the first two meets of the season, the format of the competition was sprint-style against SDSU.

    The meet featured fast-paced swimming events but also included 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle and individual medley events. The 500-yard freestyle was the furthest event the Frogs had to swim.

    Senior Gabi Korac said the change of pace was exciting.

    Although she enjoyed the 50-yard and 100-yard sprint events, she said a sprint-style meet is not easier on the body.

    Korac led the team in two events. She won the 50-yard breaststroke, with a time of 30.49. Korac also placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:05.59.

    Sophomore Sara Brzozowski did not win an event, but she placed in the top three in several events.

    The distance swimmer placed third in the 400-yard individual medley, second in the 500-yard freestyle and contributed to a second-place finish for the relay B team in the 400-yard free.

    “[The meet] was a little more difficult for me, because I’m a distance swimmer, but I thought it was fun to switch it up,” Brzozowski said.

    A faster paced meet creates more high energy, she said.

    “I always try to race down to the very end,” Brzozowski said. “I realized you have to give it all you have because you don’t want to go back and regret it later.”

    TCU swept the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Ali Bleasdell finished in first place with a time of 2:07:33. Korac followed with a 2:09:57, and sophomore Michelle Garland placed third with a time of 2:10:62.

    Out of 16 events, TCU had two swimmers place in the top three finishing times in six events.

    Head coach Richard Sybesma said the depth of the roster contributed to how often the swimmers finished in the top three. The top swimmers are good, but the second, third and fourth swimmers are talented as well, he said.

    In diving, Kristen Connolly won the one-meter event with a score of 290.63, earning nine points toward TCU’s combined score. The sophomore also was the Frogs’ leading scorer in the three-meter event with a score of 273.80.

    Despite the loss, Sybesma said he thought the women swam well against SDSU, but he was even more impressed with his team’s actions out of the pool.

    “When you don’t see a single girl sitting down, that’s a team,” he said. “Our team didn’t look down and kept supporting each other.”

    Sybesma said he is already looking toward the next meet against Iowa State. The competition against the Cyclones will be a big meet for the Frogs, he said.

    The TCU women’s squad will compete against Iowa State at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 in Ames, Iowa.