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Elise Forzley of Fort Collins High School and Fort Collins Area Swim Team has verbally committed to Texas Christian University for the 2016-2017 season.
Forzley was the third place finisher in the 100 fly at last year’s Colorado Class 5A State Swimming Championships, posting a 55.52. She also finished third in the 100 back with a 56.55. Last March at her Speedo Sectionals meet, Forzley posted junior nationals qualifying times in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Additionally, this summer at Arena Western Zone Senior Championships, she finished first in the 200 IM (2:21.50), second in the 200 back (2:18.28), second in the 100 back (1:04.64), and third in the 400 I.M. (5:03.76) Here are her fastest short course yards times to date:
- 100 FR: 51.38
- 200 FR: 1:51.25
- 100 BK: 56.08
- 200 BK: 1:59.63
- 100 FL: 55.17
- 200 FL: 2:03.99
- 200 IM: 2:03.73
- 400 IM: 4:23.24
The TCU women, led by coach Richard Sybesma in his thirty-fifth season, finished fifth overall at 2015 Big 12 Championships. Forzley will certainly be able to make a splash for the team. Her versatility will allow Sybesma multiple possibilities in choosing her events. At last year’s Big 12 Championships, she would have taken eighth in the 400 IM, sixth in the 100 fly, eleventh in the 200 free, sixth in the 100 back, seventh in the 200 IM, seventh in the 200 back, eleventh in the 100 free, and eleventh in the 200 fly.
She also has the potential to be a relay mainstay for the Frogs. Last year’s 400 medley relay leg, swam by the now-graduated Ashley Alspaugh, was close to Forzley’s time with a 55.59. She gets even closer on the fly, now-sophomore Emily Gibson‘s 55.01. She falls right in the middle of the 2015 Frogs’ 400 free relay splits, which range from 51.08 to 52.18. Last season’s 800 relay missed the touchpad on a couple of legs, but the two times that registered were Mckayla Winkler‘s 1:49.82 and Mackenzie Schuler‘s 1:52.13, well within Forzley’s ability.
“I chose TCU because I felt comfortable with the coaches and felt very valued by them,” she said. “The academic opportunities available at Texas Christian are absolutely amazing, and I know I will be successful in swimming and in school.”
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