Men’s swim team to host SMU

The swimming and diving teams returned from a trip to Utah that pitted them against Mountain West Conference opponents Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.

Both the men’s and women’s teams started slow with losses to conference frontrunner BYU, and the women continued to struggle losing next to Utah, but the men picked things up and finished the trip with a win against the Utes.

The Utah meets put the men’s record at 5-3 overall and 2-3 against Mountain West opponents, while the women are 4-7 overall with a 1-6 record against the Mountain West.

The BYU match Jan. 10 marked the men’s first competition since the final day of the Las Vegas Invite on Dec. 17, and the women’s first since a loss to San Diego State University on Jan. 4.

BYU was coming off a monthlong hiatus which did little to slow them down.

The meets against BYU did end with losses, but both the men’s and women’s teams featured strong individual performances.

Senior captain Jonathon Berrettini finished first in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 50.76. Senior sprinter Scott McCracken placed first in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 21.07, and remains unbeaten this season in the event.

Junior diver R.J. Hesselberg won the diving event for TCU with a score of 344.10, his eighth event win of the season.

With a time of 1:06.46, freshman Ellie Bradley placed second in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Saturday’s competition against Utah capped off the men’s and women’s trips to Salt Lake City with a win for the men.

McCracken and Berrettini were once again stars for the men’s team. Each contributed to three wins in the meet.

Women’s swimming and diving struggled last season against Mountain West opponents, and the struggles have continued this season.

Junior Katie Rosen finished first in the 100-meter breaststroke event with a time of 1:06.31.

The TCU men host rival SMU on Jan. 25. The teams are meeting for the first time since the 2004-2005 season.

With a 4-1 record, SMU is ranked No. 24 in the nation and has already beaten Mountain West teams University of Wyoming and Air Force.

The last time the H20 Frogs faced Wyoming, both TCU teams came out on the losing end. The men lost by a meet score of 172-128, while the women were beaten 173-123.