Men’s team to face ranked opposition

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    The TCU men’s swimming and diving team has won its past two meets, but a nationally ranked rival stands in its path to keep the streak alive.

    TCU takes on the SMU Mustangs today, a team ranked 24th in the College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll, in its last men’s home meet of the season.

    Head coach Richard Sybesma said the team isn’t going to make any specific changes for the meet, but the race format is different.

    Instead of the usual 100-meter and 200-meter events, the meet will have 50-meter and 150-meter events.

    Sybesma said this meet is going to be more sprint oriented but will also feature a 1650-meter race instead of the normal 1000-meter event.

    “We changed the format to help us prepare for conference,” Sybesma said.

    The Mustangs recently finished second in the Classic at SMU and has already defeated Mountain West Conference teams Wyoming and Air Force.

    Senior backstroke and freestyle swimmer Jonathon Berrettini said the matchup against SMU should help the team get ready for its upcoming conference meets.

    “It will be a good meet to assess ourselves and to help us get mentally prepared for the faster races in conference,” Berrettini said.

    The rivalry between TCU and SMU makes this match even more meaningful, Sybesma said.

    “We’re talking up SMU to our guys from a purely mental aspect because they are our natural cross-town rivals,” Sybesma said.

    The 24th-ranked SMU is a quality opponent, and TCU is looking forward to seeing how its team does against a nationally ranked team.

    “It’s good to race a team that has as much depth and talent as SMU,” Berrettini said. “Their lineup is good from top to bottom.”

    Beyond the normal intensity that comes with a meet against rival schools, the Horned Frog/Mustang matchup also marks senior night for the Frogs.

    The men’s swimming and diving team has two seniors, breaststroke and individual medley swimmer Cameron Allred and Berrettini.

    The meet is today in the Rickel Pool at 6 p.m.

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