TCU Posts Strong Day Three at MW Championship

Feb. 24, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY – TCU’s women’s swimming and diving team broke five more school records and moved up two spots in the team standings Friday at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship inside the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center.

In the evening competition, the TCU 200-free relay team got things off to a solid start with a school record time of 1:31.99, which was good for fifth-place overall. Sabine Rasch led off with a 22.68, before Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman and Parris Schoppa brought the Frogs to the wall for an NCAA “B” qualification standard.

TCU’s top individual performances came from sophomore Gabi Korac in the 100-breast, Rasch in the 200-free and freshman Ashley Alspaugh in the 100-back. All three set TCU records on the day.

Rasch set her fourth TCU record during the 200-free finals when she blazed to a 1:47.99, faster than the previous TCU best mark of 1:48.19 and an NCAA “B” cut. Her time was good for the bronze medal in the event. Scarsella clocked a 1:48.59 in the 200-free prelims, the No. 3 all-time mark at TCU.

Korac set a TCU all-time mark in the prelims of the 100-breast, only to better that mark in the finals. The Zagreb, Croatia, native turned in an NCAA “B” cut of 1:02.87 for fifth-place honors in the finals.

Alspaugh, swimming a 100-back exhibition during the morning session, touched the wall in a blistering 55.48. Her time was more than one second faster than the previous TCU No. 1 mark of 56.49.

Swimming a 200-medley relay time trial after the evening session, TCU grabbed another school record with a 1:42.89. Alspaugh, Korac, Kristi Dena and Schoppa put their name at the top of that list and just missed an NCAA “B” cut.

In other action, Amanda Vincent clocked the No. 2 all-time mark in the 100-fly with a 54.73 in the prelims, while Victoria Thicke-Rattray’s 4:20.18 in the 400-individual medley prelims is second-best all-time at TCU. Mackenzie Schuler added the fifth-best TCU mark in the 200-free of 1:50.88.

For the team standings, TCU found itself in seventh place entering the day, but climbed to fifth through 14 events. Boise State leads the meet with 506 points.

The MW Swimming and Diving Championship concludes Saturday with the 1650-free, 200-back, 100-free, 200-breast, 200-fly, platform dive and 400-free relay.

Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship – Team Standings Through Event 14
1 Boise State 506 points
2 San Diego State 503 points
3 UNLV 379.5 points
4 Wyoming 302.5 points
5 TCU 238 points
6 New Mexico 232 points
7 Colorado State 204 points
8 Air Force 129 points