Rasch Set to Swim at NCAA Meet

March 13, 2012


FORT WORTH – TCU junior Sabine Rasch travels to Auburn, Ala., this week for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship inside Auburn’s James Martin Aquatics Center.

Rasch is the first TCU woman to qualify for the NCAA meet since 1996 when Sarah Crawford represented the Horned Frogs on the platform dive and Maggie Topolski suited up in the individual medley events.

The Luckenwalde, Germany, native is seeded 17th in the 100-free, with a qualifying time of 48.70. She clocked that TCU record time at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 25.

Rasch is also scheduled to compete in the 50-free, where she is seeded 33rd after notching a 22.54 at the MW Championships. That time is also a TCU record. Swimmers who qualify for an event, as Rasch did in the 100-free, are eligible to compete in other events which they have tallied an NCAA “B” qualifying standard.

Preliminary competition begins at 11 a.m. CDT each day, while the finals commence at 7 p.m., CDT. The 50-free is set for competition on Thursday and the 100-free is on Friday’s championship schedule.

The prelims will be streamed live on Auburn’s official athletics website each day, as well as Thursday’s finals. The finals for Friday and Saturday will be streamed live at WatchESPN.com. Live results are also available via the NCAA website.

Swimmers who finish in the top 16 of an event are named an All-American. For that purpose, a swimmer must advance to either the “A” or “B” final. Those who qualify first through eighth advance to the evening A-final, while ninth through 16th will swim in the B-final.

Rasch is the TCU record holder in the 50-free, 100-free, 200-free and 100-fly. She has earned five All-Mountain West honors in her two years competing for the Frogs and won the 2010 MW gold medal in the 100-free.