FORT WORTH, Texas, November 19. – BOTH the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team earned wins against Centenary on Saturday. The women also competed against defeated San Diego State in a tri-meet.
The men (4-2, 1-2) defeated Centenary (2-4, 0-0) 68-34, while the women (8-3, 2-3) triumphed over San Diego State (5-5, 1-5) and Centenary (5-3, 0-0) 71-40 and 77-32, respectively, to give swimming and diving head coach Richard Sybesma career win No. 350.
“This was a great win for our program,” said Sybesma. “Our kids swam very well. I think Centenary and San Diego State have really good programs and we were fortunate to win.”
The Frogs spread the wealth around Saturday as 14 different swimmers and divers won events, including five double-event winners.
On the women’s side, senior Tara Sullivan picked up her first two victories of the season. In the 200-free, Sullivan took the top spot in a time of 1:56.10, while recording a winning time of 53.77 in the 100-free.
Also picking up two wins for the women was freshman diver Jennifer Ferguson. The Beaconfield, Quebec, native slated scores of 298.27 and 331.13 in the one- and three-meter dives, respectively, which are both the second-highest scores in TCU history. Ferguson improved her collegiate record to 12-0.
Senior Erica Tate remained undefeated in the 50-free event, recording a time of 23.83. Tate is now 6-0 in the event on the season.
Also getting in on the action for the women were Maribeth Pottenger, Cheryl Townsend and Stephanie Futscher. Pottenger won the 100-breast in a time of 1:06.26, while Cheryl Townsend earned a win in the 400-IM (4:29.42). Freshman Stephanie Futscher took the top spot in the 100-fly in a time of 58.40, securing her seventh win on the season.
For the men, both Jonathon Berrettini and Stuart Silver recorded double-event days. Berrettini, a junior from Lewisville, Texas, earned wins in the 100-free (47.49) and 200-free (1:44.79), while Silver won the 1000-free and 500-free in times of 9:54.01 and 4:50.94, respectively.
Other winners for the men included Scott McCracken, Yousif Del Valle, Jason Hauck, Ben Biefnes and Aran Bean. First-time winners on the season were sophomore Jason Hauck and senior Aran Bean. Hauck earned the top spot in the 100-back with a time of 54.36, while Bean took the 100-breast event in a time of 59.24.
McCracken, the Mountain West Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week, recorded a win in the 50-free (21.08), with Del Valle taking the 100-fly (49.99) and Biefnes winning the 400-IM (4:09.24).
In men’s diving action, sophomore R.J. Hesselberg picked up two wins and set personal bests in the process. In the one-meter dive, Hesselberg recorded a 312.66, while slated a 324.75 in the three-meter.
In relay action, both the men and women went undefeated, taking all four events.
The next time the Frogs will take the pool will be Dec. 16-18 in Las Vegas, Nev., for the UNLV Invite.