The Horned Frog swimming teams won the CSU Early Bird Invitational this weekend.Head coach Richard Sybesma said he loved how his teams came out to play.
“Our teams fought hard and competed well.” Sybesma said. “When the teams compete well in altitude, it shows how good we really are. I was thrilled to come out with three victories.”
The men scored 1,024.5 points to win against Mountain West Conference opponents Wyoming (968) and Air Force (832), who finished second and third.
Denver (339), Colorado-Boulder (229.5), Colorado School of Mines (218) and Metro State (145) also competed.
Teylor Arboleda’s time of 52.15 seconds won in the 100-meter fly.
Guillermo Ramirez got first place in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 51.61, finishing just ahead of teammate Jonathon Berrettini (52.56).
In the 200-meter backstroke, Berrettini (1:52.49) and Ramirez (1:52.65) had a one-two finish.
In the 200-meter freestyle relay, Scott McCracken, Arboleda, Berrettini and Ramirez set a meet record.
Berrettini said he enjoyed competing in the close, competitive races this weekend.
“If it comes down to the wire like it did this weekend,” Berrettini said, “I want to be in the race, and I want to kick it up a gear and complete the race.”
Berrettini said he has high hopes this year.
“I think we should do really well this year.” Berrettini said. “We should have a lot of flexibility coming up against (Nevada-Las Vegas), Wyoming, (Brigham Young) and Air Force. I think a lot will get decided in the close races.”
Berrettini said there is one large change in moving to the Mountain West.
“The largest difference is we have a new plan of action against teams in dual meets and in the conference championship to win, and now we’re out to get everyone.” Berrettini said. “Nothing is really changing, other than we have that goal to win, though. It is between all the teams really; it really is whoever plays the best. The largest threat is more than likely UNLV or BYU. They are ranked ahead of us in the polls, and I would like to show them what we got.”
On the women’s side, TCU earned 1,152.5 points to defeat the host school and Mountain West Conference member Colorado State (1,087.5), Northern Colorado (603), Denver (500), Colorado School of Mines (172), Colorado (122) and Metro State (91).
The Horned Frogs received 53 total points in the 400-meter individual medley.
Christi Cannon won first place with a time of 4:37.96, ahead of Keleigh Wentworth (4:46.55) and Michelle Pottenger (4:46.98).
In the relays, TCU’s Rikki Covey, Karen Sandifer, Tara Sullivan and Emily Duerringer won the 800-meter freestyle event (7:47.72).
The Frogs also won the 400-meter freestyle relay thanks to Duerringer, Sandifer, Covey and Tate (3:33.98).
TCU continued winning the relays at the meet, as it was victorious in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:34.98 (Berrettini, Aran Bean, Arboleda and Scott McCracken).
The 800-meter freestyle relay team of Alejandro Gomez, Yousif Del Valle, Jason Hauck and Diego Palacios also won with a time of 7:06.71.
TCU swept the medal positions when it won in the 200-meter breaststroke with Maribeth Pottenger (2:25.97), Katie Rosen (2:26.52) and Cannon (2:28.65), and in the 1650-meter freestyle with Keilah Walker (7:51.69), Cheryl Townsend (7:57.92) and Sarah Bardwell (8:00.93).
Erica Tate started her season taking the 100-meter butterfly in 58.43 and the 100-meter freestyle in 52.89.
Teammate Pottenger was the champion in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:08.80), while Wentworth won in the 200-meter butterfly (2:10.30).
Tate said the team started well.
“With this as our first meet, it was good to see teams in our own conference,” Tate said. “I think Mountain West has more depth to it as far as the competition, and it was really good to play three or four of our Mountain West teams.”
Tate said she hopes to improve on last year.
“Honestly, I really want to improve on last season.” Tate said. “Making (the NCAA Championships) is a huge goal of mine, and I really want to do that. I do think we can win conference.”
TCU’s men and women’s teams are to swim against MWC rival UNLV at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 in the home opener at the University Recreation Center.