The top three sprinters on the men’s team will race against Olympians, collegiate athletes and graduated athletes Saturday in the Fastest Man in Texas Shootout. The women will travel to compete against Iowa State on Friday.
Iowa State Meet
The women’s team, coming off of a 138.5-156.5 loss against San Diego State, will compete against the Cyclones for the first time in head coach Richard Sybesma’s 34 years at TCU.
“I think we’ll be pretty evenly stacked against Iowa,” he said.
Senior Michelle Fleming said she would like to go 1:07 in the 100-yard breaststroke event and 2:22 on 200-yard breaststroke event this weekend.
If the team wins at this meet, they will be 2-0 for Big 12 duel meets this season.
Fleming said she encourages the younger members of the team throughout the week before meets.
“The older girls make posters for the girls and put them in their lockers and we give them gifts,” she said.
Sybesma said meets for the TCU swimmers are not about who individually wants a win, but rather who on the team wants to help others to a win.
“Against San Diego, we had chairs here for our team to sit,” Sybesma said. “No one was sitting. They were all supporting each other and cheering. That’s what I want to see this weekend.”
Fastest Man in Texas Shootout
Top men’s sprinters Ryan Wilcox, Corey Nix and Garrett Hills will all travel to San Antonio Saturday for Fastest Man in Texas Shootout.
“I expect the men to be more excited than intimidated,” Sybesma said. “This is an opportunity for them to see what they can do against the nation’s best.”
Two-time Olympian and Masters champion Josh Davis, Texas A&M sprinter John Murray, SMU sprinter Ryan Koops and Olympic butterfly legend Ian Crocker are confirmed to compete in this year’s event.
Wilcox said he tries to make sure the team continues to have fun going into races like the one this weekend.
“During weeks like this, we do race-based stuff,” he said. “We push each other to our fastest times and try to make sure we’ll compare to the races we’ll be doing.”
Sybesma said the teams have done a good job of supporting each other this season.
“It’s like having one big team,” he said. “They support each other so well.”
Both squads will compete away this weekend. The TCU women will compete against Iowa State at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 in Ames, Iowa, and the men will go compete in the Texas Shootout all day Nov. 9 in San Antonio, Texas.