TCU Women Travel to Oklahoma City for Conference Meet
Feb. 21, 2012
FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s swimming and diving team opens competition at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship on Wednesday inside the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center.
With TCU leaving the league for the Big 12 on July 1, this year marks the final year of competition for the Horned Frogs at the MW Championship in OKC. The conference is not sponsoring men’s swimming and diving this season, thus only the women are competing.
About the TCU Women
Sabine Rasch and Amanda Vincent led the way for the Frogs in the freestyle and butterfly events, respectively. Gabi Korac was also strong for TCU during the dual-meet season.
Rasch broke her own TCU record in the 50-free at the Texas Invitational when she touched the wall in 22.84. That mark is No. 5 in the Mountain West for 2011. Rasch also owns the TCU records in the 100-free and 100-fly. In the 100-free, Rasch is third with a 49.59.
Vincent leads the league in the 200-fly with a 1:59.22 and ranking third in the Mountain West in the 100-fly with a time of 54.95. Both of those marks were tallied at the Texas Invitational. Sophomore Gabi Korac is second for the 200-breast with a 2:16.68.
Follow the Frogs
Fans can follow the Frogs online by checking out TCU on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the official TCU athletics website, GoFrogs.com. Visit and “like” the Frogs on their Facebook page “TCU Swimming and Diving.” You can find the Frogs on Twitter by visiting twitter.com/tcuswimdive or following “@TCUswimdive.” Fans can also visit TCU swimming and diving’s YouTube page, youtube.com/tcuswimdive.
Mountain West Championship Rewind
The TCU women enjoyed a strong showing at last year’s Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship as it rewrote the TCU record books. The Frogs broke 17 school records, including three each from Ashley Bolin, Sabine Rasch and Maria Paula Alvarez.
In the team race, TCU finished in sixth-place overall with 381 team points. San Diego State claimed the team title, ahead of BYU.
Schedule of Events & Scoring
Individual events shall be scored on 16 places: eight places (20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11) for finals and eight places (9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1) for consolation finals. Relay scores shall count double. For the relays, teams may have only one entry and only finals are contested.
Preliminary competitions being at 11 am., each day while the finals and consolation finals are swum beginning at 6 p.m. At Saturday’s conclusion of the meet, team, coach and individual awards will be announced.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
A year ago, the TCU women finished their dual meet season with a 4-4 record. This season, the Frogs doubled their win total and finished 8-6.
“B” the Best You Can Be
During the fall portion of the schedule, numerous TCU swimmers notched NCAA “B” qualifying standards for preliminary qualification into the NCAA Championship meets. Below are TCU swimmers with NCAA “B” cuts this season.
Sabine Rasch: 50-free (22.84), 100-free (49.59)
Amanda Vincent: 200-fly (1:59.22)
Making a Splash
Victoria Thicke-Rattray set a TCU record in the 200-IM with a 2:02.40 and grabbed the fourth-best mark in the 400-IM when she clocked a 4:21.51. Gabi Korac has the No. 2 time in the 200-breast (2:16.88), while Ali Bleasdell notched the third-best mark in school history (2:00.88) in the 200-fly and No. 5 in the 200-IM (2:04.57).
Checking the Mountain West Rankings
Numerous TCU women have littered their names throughout the Mountain West’s top-10 performance lists thus far this season.
50-free: Sabine Rasch (5th, 22.84); Parris Schoppa (9th, 23.44)
100-free: Sabine Rasch (3rd, 49.59)
200-free: Sabine Rasch (4th, 1:49.48)
100-breast: Gabi Korac (10th, 1:03.97)
200-breast: Gabi Korac (2nd, 2:16.68); Michelle Fleming (10th, 2:18.41)
100-fly: Amanda Vincent (3rd, 54.95); Sabine Rasch (10th, 55.89)
200-fly: Amanda Vincent (1st, 1:59.22); Ali Bleasdell (3rd, 2:00.88)
200-IM: Victoria Thicke-Rattray (6th, 2:02.40)
400-IM: Victoria Thicke-Rattray (3rd, 4:21.51); Ali Bleasdell (7th, 4:23.65)
200-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Lauren Kaufman, Parris Schoppa (3rd, 1:32.89)
400-free relay: Sabine Rasch, Katie Scarsella, Van-Anh Hoang, Parris Schoppa (5th, 3:24.98)
200-medley relay: Jennifer Oster, Zrinka Korac, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (6th, 1:45.50)
400-medley relay: Elizabeth Oster, Van-Ang Hoang, Amanda Vincent, Sabine Rasch (6th, 3:48.55)
School Record Holders on Display
Numerous TCU record holders will be in action this week at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship. Below is a rundown of those who have their names atop a TCU all-time performance list.
50-free: Sabine Rasch, 22.84
100-free: Sabine Rasch, 49.25
200-free: Ashley Bolin, 1:48.19
100-back: Jennifer Oster, 56.49
200-breast: Michelle Fleming, 2:15.77
100-fly: Sabine Rasch, 54.33
200-fly: Amanda Vincent, 1:59.20
200-IM: Victoria Thicke-Rattray, 2:02.40
400-IM: Ashley Bolin, 4:18.35
A Family Affair
With last year’s signing class, TCU now features three sets of siblings on the 2011-12 roster. On the men’s team, August Van Allen joins his older brother, Ross, who is a junior for the Frogs. Sophomore Gabi Korac, who transferred from Arkansas, joins her older sister Zrinka, a senior. Freshman Elizabeth Oster comes to TCU with her sister Jennifer, the TCU record holder in the 100-back.