Coach: Conditioning pivotal to team success against UNT

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    With better physical condition this time around, the women’s swimming and diving team is ready to compete against the North Texas Eagles and Incarnate Word Cardinals tonight. Head coach Richard Sybesma said the team is in better condition now than in the fall when it first went head-to-head with UNT on Oct. 26.

    Senior sprint and freestyle swimmer Tara Sullivan said she sees competing against UNT for the second time this season as an advantage. Sullivan, along with sophomore butterfly and freestyle swimmer Cheryl Townsend, won events against the New Mexico Lobos on Jan 19.

    The team as a whole defeated the Lobos 132-97, and Sullivan said the team is prepared for tonight’s meet.

    “We’ve been training hard, and the win has helped us stay focused,” she said. “We know what they can do now, so we’re going to be more on top of our game.”

    Sybesma said tonight’s meet comes at a very good time in the season.

    “We’re trying to determine whom our top 18 athletes are to see who goes to conference,” Sybesma said. “We have 23 on the roster, and it’s coming down to who will represent TCU the best. These meets will give each athlete a chance to show what they can do.”

    On Jan. 13, the Frogs lost to the Utah Utes, the defending Mountain West Conference champions for the past two years.

    After the loss, Townsend said, the team has stayed positive.

    “We didn’t take it as a negative blow,” she said. “We came back and have worked harder. We’ll be ready to meet them again in February.”

    The H20 Frogs will face the Eagles and Cardinals at 6 p.m. at the Pohl Recreation Center in Denton.

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