SMU Mustang Men Start Off Season With Dominant Win Over Rival TCU

MEET FACTS

  • Complete Results
  • Hosted by Southern Methodist University (SMU)
  • Wednesday, October 19th
  • 25 yards
  • Final Score: SMU 182, TCU 118

The SMU Mustangs got their season off to a roaring start with a dominant dual meet win against their rival, the TCU Horned Frogs, by a score of 182-118.

In an amazing display of dominance, SMU won all but one individual event to clearly outclass their competitors. The win by SMU snapped a three-year winning streak by TCU over the Mustangs.

SMU junior Jonathan Gomez led the way for them, going 3-for-3 with wins in the 1000 free (9:25.74), 200 fly (1:48.40) and 200 IM (1:52.46).

Other multiple event winners for the Mustangs were Ralph Koo (50, 100 free), Ronen Faur (100, 200 breast), Bartosz Kryzaniak (100, 200 back) and Bryce Klein (1, 3 meter diving).

TCU’s top performer was Carlos Hunnicutt, who was their lone winner in the 500 free (4:36.83). He was also the runner-up in both the 200 fly (1:51.46) and the 200 IM (1:54.06).

SMU touched 1st in both relays, taking the 200 medley in 1:30.67 and the 400 free relay in 3:04.69. However, SMU was forced to swim as exhibition on the final relay, giving TCU the official victory in 3:08.27.

PRESS RELEASES

SMU:

MANSFIELD, Texas (SMU) – The SMU men’s swimming and diving team won 15 of 16 events to defeat Metroplex rival TCU, 182-118, at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium on Wednesday evening. The dual-meet victory improves the Mustangs to 1-0 to start the season, while TCU falls to 0-1. With the win, SMU moves to 25-3-1 all-time against the Horned Frogs.

“The guys raced really well today,” head coach Eddie Sinnott said. “These seniors really were really on a mission today and they completed it. We have a lot of work to do, but today was a very nice start.

“It was just the beginning, but we were able to see everybody and now we have a base time,” Sinnott added. “That was really the best part of this meet, it put everyone on the block and showed that our depth is as large as it’s been in a long time.”

Junior Jonathan Gomez led the Mustangs, winning all three of his individual events. He opened individual scoring for the Ponies pacing the field in the 1,000-yard freestyle a time of 9:25.74, and won the final individual event of the night clocking a 1:52.46 in the 200-yard individual medley. In the 200-yard butterfly, the event he advanced to the semifinals in at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Gomez won by nearly three seconds registering a 1:48.40.

“[Jonathan] Gomez was really a standout for us with three event wins, and Ralph [Koo] was so impressive and surprising for us today,” said Sinnott.

Freshmen Ralph Koo and Ronen Faur picked up two individual wins apiece with Koo dominating in sprint freestyle and Faur in breaststroke. Koo won both the 50 free (20.55) and 100 free (46.25), while Faur went 57.21 in the 100 distance and 2:04.66 in the 200.

Other individual event winners included junior Bartosz Krzyzaniak, who swept the backstroke events at 49.62 (100 back) and 1:49.85 (200 back), and senior Ziga Cerkovnik and junior Christian Scherubl. Cerkovnik won the 100 fly in 49.58, while Scherubl finished the 200 free in a time of 1:40.91.

SMU won both relays, opening the event with the top time in the 200-yard medley relay that included Krzyzaniak, Cerkovnik, Koo and junior Nick Badsky. The group narrowly out-touched the Horned Frogs at 1:30.67 for the win. To end the night, Koo, Badsky, Scherubl and Cerkovnik registered a time of 3:04.69 defeating TCU by nearly four seconds.

In diving action, junior Bryce Klein swept both the 1- and 3-meter springboards, posting NCAA Zone qualifying standards on both. The school record holder and defending conference champion on both boards posted a 355.34 to win the 1 meter by 56.46 points and finished with a 409.43 on the 3 meter, defeating his closest opponent by over 102 points.

“Achieving NCAA Zone standards this early in the season definitely takes a lot of the pressure of me for the season, but pressure is a huge part of the sport and in the end it all comes down to Zones,” Klein said. “Moving forward I’m going to take it day-by-day and every day matters leading up to Zones.”

Sophomore Stewart Brackett competed in his first-ever collegiate diving event, placing fourth on 1 meter and fifth on 3 meter.

“Stewart [Brackett] is a tremendous training partner and he is picking this up so quickly,” Klein added. “He has a great attitude and I’m thankful for the energy he brings to training every day.”

Runner-up finishes included Lucas Schenke (1000 free), Brandon Norman (100 back), Cerkovnik (50 free), Badsky (100 free) and Carson Klein (500 free).

“Looking forward, this was a great meet to see not what they have done, but what they need to do moving forward,” Sinnott concluded.

The Mustangs return to action on Nov. 4 when they travel to Storrs, Connecticut, for a dual meet against American Athletic Conference foe Connecticut.

TCU:

MANSFIELD, Texas — The TCU men’s swimming and diving team fell to SMU in a dual meet on Wednesday night, 182-118.

The Horned Frogs (1-1) recorded victories in the 500 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay in the meet that snapped a three-year win streak against the Mustangs.

“We gave all we had tonight, but SMU has a very improved team,” said head coach Richard Sybesma. “We will use this experience in training to get better as a team.”

Junior Carlos Hunnicutt produced the Frogs’ first win of the evening with a first-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:36.83. Hunnicutt also logged second in both the 200 fly at 1:51.46 and the 200 IM at 1:54.06.

Four other athletes earned silver in their respective events. Sophomore Tommy Thach clocked in at 1:41.24 in the 200 free, placing second. Freshman Migs Martin recorded back-to-back second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast with times of 57.26 and 2:04.69, respectively. Sophomore Brendan Barry also took home second with his time of 1:52.15 in the 200 back, while junior John Smith placed second in the 100 fly at 50.23.

Up next, the women’s swimming and diving team will head to Lawrence, Kan., to take on the Jayhawks. The men’s squad will return to action at the Mansfield Invitational on Nov. 17.

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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