Men’s, women’s swimming teams prepare for conference tourney

The first home swimming and diving competition of 2007 gave the H20 Frogs confidence with the conference meet just six weeks away, the head coach said.”This was a great win for our guys,” head coach Richard Sybesma said. “Last season, Utah defeated us in the dual meet and conference meet, so this was a huge upset for us.”

Last season the Utes swept the H20 Frogs men’s team on two occasions, but this time around, TCU won 15 of 16 events.

Led by strong races from seniors Alejandro Gomez, Aran Bean, George Gooch and Yousif Del Valle, the H20 Frogs were able to turn in a dominating performance over the Utes.

“Every senior guy won an event today,” Sybesma said.

Although the women’s team lost, there were a couple of wins in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly events. Junior Maribeth Pottenger took the breaststroke while freshman Stephanie Futscher won in the butterfly.

“The Utah women have been the defending champions in the conference the last two years, and I thought our girls fought hard against them,” Sybesma said.

The women’s next meet will be Jan. 19 in Albuquerque, N.M. against the New Mexico Lobos, while the men’s team has a two week rest from competition before they head to Shreveport, La. to face the Centenary Gents.