7 Swimmers Commit to TCU Swimming and Diving

The TCU swimming and diving team announced the signings of seven future Horned Frogs to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period.

“This is our first group of signees and we’re excited for their impact on our program next season,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “This is just the start of a large recruiting class and we’re excited for how the rest of the week shapes up.”

The signees include: Victoria Barczyk, Alexander Garriga, Rhorer Legendre, Bryn Lohrberg, Grace Newell, Ruby Powell and Micaela Roemer.

Barcyzk, a native of Lafayette, La., is a freestyle and IM swimmer. She ranks 8th in the state of Louisiana, according to CollegeSwimming.com and swims for Ascension Episcopal School. Her personal-bests include 53.81 (100 free), 1:55.06 (200 free), 5:03.08 (500 free) and 10:25.66 (1000 free).

“TCU has a beautiful campus and offers wonderful academics,” Barcyzk said. “I absolutely loved the team and coaches when I visited. I cannot wait to be a Horned Frog!”

Garriga, a San Antonio native, competes in the fly and IM events. His top times in the 100 & 200 fly are 50.79 and 1:51.04, respectively, while posting marks of 1:53.46 in the 200 IM and 4:05.82 in the 400 IM. He swims for Ronald Reagan High School and the Alamo Area Aquatics Association. Garriga ranks 28th in the state of Texas by CollegeSwimming.com.

“I chose TCU because the team and coaches felt like a family and I had a great weekend there,” Garriga said. “I was also very impressed with the academics and the campus. I am so excited to attend TCU and become a Horned Frog!”

Legendre is a two-time Texas State Championship 5A qualifier and a two-time member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team. He placed seventh at the NSCA Long Course Junior National Championships last summer in the 1500 free. Primarily a distance swimmer from The Woodlands, his top times include: 1:43.02 (200 free), 4:33.90 (500 free), 9:29.38 (1000 free), 15:39.69 (1650 free) and 1:55.68 (200 fly). He ranks 22nd in the state of Texas, according to CollegeSwimming.com.

“I chose TCU because the coaching staff made me feel very welcome,” Legendre said. “The team is one giant family, and the size is perfect. Go Frogs!”

Lohrberg, a sprinter from Waterloo, Neb., competes in the freestyle and breaststroke events. Her best times include: 24.22 (50 free), 52.72 (100 free) and 1:07.47 (100 breast). She holds a second-place rank in the state of Nebraska for her overall class, by CollegeSwimming.com.

“The academics and the swim program are both phenomenal,” Lohrberg said. “When I visited, the combined campus and swim team just really made it feel like home. Walking around, I truly felt that I could live there for four years. When it came time to leave campus, I didn’t want to. The team made it such a fun weekend and I am so excited to be a part of the school and the program.”

Newell, a native of Louisville, Colo., competes for Monarch High School and Sagebrush Diving. She competed at the AAU Nationals in three-straight years (2011-13) and was up for All-America consideration sophomore year. She also earned state honors freshman and sophomore years.

“Great coaches, awesome diving, a great school and a friendly environment,” Newell said. “I can’t wait to become a diving Frog!”

Powell, from Deerfield, Ill., is a backstroke and sprint freestyler. She is ranked 22nd in the state of Illinois for her class, according to CollegeSwimming.com. Swimming for Deerfield High School and the Coho Swim Club, she has posted career-highs in the 100 back (56.6), 200 back (2:03), 50 free (24.4) and the 100 free (53.0).

Roemer, a sprint and butterfly competitor from League City, competes for Clear Creek High School and the South Shore Sails team. She was a winter Junior National qualifier and NCSA Junior National finalist. Her top times include 23.73 (50 free), 51.57 (100 free) and 55.40 (100 fly). She ranks 17th in the state of Texas for her class by CollegeSwimming.com.

“TCU had my attention when I first set food on the campus,” Roemer said. “The campus is beautiful and the academics are amazing. To top it all off, the team and the coaches are great. I’m very excited to be part of the Horned Frog family next year!”

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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