SMU Dominates TCU in Season Opener

TCU vs. SMU

  • Oct. 25, 2019
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Men: SMU 171-125
  • Women: SMU 190.5-119.5
  • Results

Courtesy: SMU Athletics

FORT WORTH, Texas (SMU) – The Mustang men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2019-20 season in dominating fashion, with a 171-125 win over Metroplex rival TCU on Friday afternoon at the Campus Recreation Center.

Freshman Colin Feehery led SMU with three individual wins, picking up the breaststroke sweep in his first event as a Mustang. Feehery covered the distance in the 100 in 56.88, before clocking a 2:04.42 in the 200. He also won the 200 IM in a time of 1:55.52.

Fellow newcomer Petar Bozhilov was a standout in distance freestyle events, winning both the 500 free (4:40.39) and 1,000 free (9:41.22).

Other event winners in the pool included Charlie Kaye in the 50 free (21.33) and Matan Segal in the 100 back (51.05).

The Mustangs swept the boards, with sophomore Parker Hardigree and freshman Peter Smithson splitting wins to lead SMU. Hardigree won 3 meter in a career-best, NCAA Zone qualifying score of 345.52, while Smithson led divers on 1 meter at 297.45.

In relay action, the Mustangs’ A relay finished second in both the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.

SMU is back in action for its home opener Saturday, Nov. 2 when LSU visits the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center. Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m. Live video and swimming results are available at SMUMustangs.com, with diving results available on DiveMeets.com.

The SMU women’s swimming and diving team picked up 11 event wins in a 180.5-119.5 victory over Metroplex rival TCU on Friday afternoon at the Campus Recreation Center. The win improved the Mustangs’ dual record to 1-1 this season.

A pair of newcomers to the Hilltop in senior Felicia Anderson and freshman Janelle Gursoy both won a pair of individual events to help lead SMU to victory. Anderson swept backstroke events, pacing the field in the 100 (55.93) and the 200 (2:00.92), while Gursoy won the 100 free (52.53) and 200 free (1:52.84).

In butterfly action, Valentina Becerra and Olivia Grossklaus teamed up to give the advantage to the Mustangs, with Becerra debuting this week with a win in the 100 fly (56.34) and Grossklaus continuing her dominance of the 200 (2:04.03).

Erin Trahan (50 free, 23.87) and Gabi Grobler (200 IM, 2:03.79) rounded out individual winners for the Ponies, continuing to score maximum points toward the team total.

The Mustangs also swept relays at the event, as Anderson, Grobler, Trahan and Sam Smith opened the evening with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The evening closed with a victory for Smith, Gursoy, Alex Stevens and Trahan in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

In diving action, freshman Nicole Stambo earned her second career-win on 1 meter, doing so with a season-best, NCAA qualifying standard 288.30.

SMU is back in action Saturday, Nov. 2 when LSU and North Texas visit the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center. Action is slated to begin at 1 p.m. Live video and swimming results are available at SMUMustangs.com with diving results available on DiveMeets.com.

Courtesy: TCU Athletics

FORT WORTH — TCU’s swimming and diving teams fell to SMU in its second dual meet of the season. The men lost 171-125 while the women were bested 190.5-119.5.

NCAA Zone Cuts

Izzy Ashdown earned NCAA Zone Cuts on both 1- and 3-meter boards. The junior took 3-meter with a score of 306.90. Faith Harms-Zacharias collected her third qualifying score of the season on 1-meter.

Two’s Better Than One

A trio of Horned Frogs won two individual events against the Mustangs.

Noah Cumby won the 100 Free (46.02) and 200 Free (1:39.58) on top of contributing to the men’s 400 Free Relay that also took first.

Freshman Abigail Meder placed first in the 500 Free (5:03.57) and 1000 Free (10:18.17).

Piotr Sadlowski finished first in the 100 Fly (49.27) and 200 Fly (1:52.08). The Suwalki, Poland, native also swam on the first-place 200 Medley and 400 Free relay teams.

1-2-3

TCU swept the 200 Fly thanks to Sadlowski, Michael Chwaluk and Charles Millette. Chwaluk finished .42 seconds behind Sadlowski while Millette’s time was 1:55.73.

Next Up

Another dual meet awaits TCU as it hosts UIW on Nov. 8.

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