Cooper Robinson became the first male swimmer from TCU to compete in the NCAA Championships since 2011 this weekend.
“I want to go into the meet having fun,” Robinson said. “This is my first NCAA’s and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity the race the nation’s best.”
Robinson finished 29th in the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke and 42nd in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke.
His time of 1:42.94 in the 200 backstroke was just .61 seconds off of his school record-breaking time at the Big 12 Championships earlier this month.
Head coach Richard Sybesma told GoFrogs, “With this being his first NCAA Championships the experience he gained will be huge…experience is so valuable.”
Robinson also had the experience of competing at the US Olympic Trials in 2012.
As to how this helped him at the NCAA’s, Robinson said, “Going into NCAAs, I feel more confident knowing that I’ve swam in front of larger crowds before.”
The University of California’s swimming and diving team edged out the Texas Longhorns on the final day of the tournament to win its third title in four years.