TCU Win First Ever Dual Over SMU, Mustang Men Take Victory

TCU vs SMU Dual Meet

  • October 23rd, 2020
  • Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center
  • Short Course Yards (SCY) format
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2020 W SMU v TCU” and “2020 M SMU v TCU”
  • Final Scores
    • Women: TCU 175 – SMU 120
    • Men: TCU 138.5 – SMU 168.5

In a battle of Texas colleges, Southern Methodist (SMU) played host to Texas Christian (TCU) on Friday afternoon. On the women’s side, the TCU women won their first victory over SMU in program history. The SMU men pulled off a narrow win, beating TCU 161.5-138.5.

For the women, TCU was dominant, taking the top three places in four different events.

Two of TCU’s event sweeps came in the backstroke events. In the 100 back, the top spot went to Ashleen O’Brien (54.52), with Katelyn Kenchel (55.55) and Marlene Hirschberg (56.32) taking the next two spots. O’Brien’s time makes her the 2nd fastest performer for TCU in the event, following her transfer in from UC Davis this season. In the 200 back, the podium was occupied by three different women, Kiki Rice, Lisa Johnson, and Cayla Prophater.

TCU women also swept the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, with the same three swimmers taking the top spots. Winning both races was Mary Jania (1:03.37/2:16.41), with Chloe Miller taking second in the 100 and third in the 200 (1:04.55/2:19.55), while Lauren Halliburton finished third in the 100 and second in the 200 (1:04.67/2:19.24).

On the men’s side, SMU was the better team, with the Mustangs winning 8 of the individual events.

SMU took the top spot three spots on both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, with Peter Smithson taking the top spot on both. He also earned NCAA Zone qualifying standards on both.

The Mustang’s Colin Feehery also added two first places, winning the 200 breast in 1:57.57 and the 200 IM in 1:46.71. His time in the 200 breast was only half a second off of his best time, swum last March. He also added a second place in the 100 breast. His time of 54.48 was good for a new best time, dropping .28 from his previous best of 54.76.

While SMU was the better team, TCU’s Piotr Sadlowski still managed to post three event wins on the day. He took first in the 100 fly (48.12), 50 free (20.52), and 100 free (44.87).

Other Notable Swims

  • TCU’s Dusan Babic took first in both the 200 free (1:39.23) and 500 free (4:30.46).
  • Cole Fleming (SMU) took first in the 200 fly (1:49.78), just off of his best time of 1:48.59 from SMU’s dual with Texas last year.
  • Vitauts Silins of TCU took first in the 100 breast in 54.25. He took 2nd in the event at last year’s Big-12 Swimming and Diving Championships.

TCU Press Release

SMU Men’s Press Release

SMU Women’s Press Release

 

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Anonymous
30 days ago

Let it be known… TCU Women’s Team wore tech suits and failed to mention this to the SMU Women’s Team, and yet still chose to wear them against the non-suited mustangs. Pony Up.

Guerra
Reply to  Anonymous
30 days ago

That sounds like something Purdue would pull. #Iunumber1, #rayloozegoatcoach

Guerra
Reply to  Anonymous
30 days ago

Sammy Busch would have never done something like if he was still the TCU coach…

Admin
Reply to  Anonymous
30 days ago

1) you should always expect your opponent to swim fast. This is a basic tenet of sports.
2) did you check out their social media this week? TCU made no mystery that they were coming after this meet. This shouldn’t have been a surprise. One swimmer even said something like “if we don’t get any more meets, this is the meet we will look to as our season.”

Swim Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
30 days ago

Agreed that you should always expect your opponent to show up ready to swim lights out fast, especially these days when you don’t know if this meet could be the last for the season, but as a matter of good sportsmanship it’s probably also a good idea to let the other coach know you plan to wear tech suits. Unless you’re a team (Missouri) that has made it known they will always be wearing them. For example, in the SMU, UT, A&M men’s tri-meet last week it was made known well beforehand that a good number of swimmers would be rested and shaved for the purpose of attempting records and NCAA qualifying times. So the meet wasn’t scored, no relays,… Read more »

Admin
Reply to  Swim Fan
30 days ago

To me, at this point of college swimming’s development, teams should always assume their opponents will wear tech suits and make their own plans according to that assumption. I think the days of assuming practice suits are probably gone. I don’t have a problem with teams notifying each other of it. But, also, we hear so much rhetoric about ‘we don’t care who wins, it’s just a dual meet,’ and then the complaints about ‘they suited and we didn’t,’ it just seems incongruous. I understand that this was the norm, communicating about suits, of past generations. But, I think it’s something that’s slipping away. Maybe the coaches need to come together and make a declaration on it, I don’t know.… Read more »

Swim Fan
Reply to  Braden Keith
30 days ago

Totally agree on the scoring. These are adults – and sometimes you swim a team where you know the score is probably going to be lopsided – But it gives swimmers the opportunity to compete against bigger names and faster athletes in the sport, and the chance to come away with some fast times, even if not winning times. Just curious, are there any other college sports out there that do this? Employ mercy scoring to keep the competition closer?

DeepSouth
Reply to  Anonymous
30 days ago

This has to be pre announced to teams? New NCAA rule?

Seems like an odd complaint. All these coaches have their own dual meet strategy.

Sad Frog
Reply to  Anonymous
30 days ago

i can taste the salt

Poptart
30 days ago

TCU was suited up, SMU women’s team was not notified of this.

ReneDescartes
Reply to  Poptart
30 days ago

Do they have eyes?

Anonymous
30 days ago

Other notable swims, SMU’s Jack Easton took first in both 100 back and 200 back.

DCC Parent
Reply to  Anonymous
30 days ago

Jack is on a roll! What were his times?

Anonymous
Reply to  DCC Parent
30 days ago

49.02 in 100 back and 1:46.96 in 200 back