Swimming & Diving takes on Jayhawks today

After defeating Rice in a 40-degree wind chill, the TCU swimming & diving team takes on its first Big 12 team this Friday.

“The women showed extreme toughness to win the [Rice Invitational],” Richard Sybesma, head swimming & diving coach, said. “There was a lot of shivering because it was cold and windy." 

TCU beat Rice 1,045 to 1,039 points.

Sybesma said he hoped the team would carry momentum from the win on to the meet against Kansas and North Dakota.

Each event will be competitive because the meet will be well balanced between the universities, he said.

The women would swim a double-dual meet against both universities. The men would only swim against North Dakota because Kansas does not have a men’s swimming and diving team. 

Sybesma said freshman Sarah Brzozowski, sophomore Ali Bleasdell, and seniors Sabine Rasch and Katie Lybbert will lead the Frogs during the meet. 

“These women are consistent performers and capable of winning their events,” Sybesma said.

Wayne Chester, diving coach, said the divers look up to Lybbert. Lybbert showed leadership abilities and gave encouragement to the younger divers, he said.

“[Lybbert’s] doing a really good job being the leader of the pack,” Chester said.

As for the men, juniors Luiz Azarias, Michael Franz and Sebastian Arispe have performed well in their events and will help lead the Frogs, Sybesma said.

Diver Ricky Bradley has been the most consistent diver of the men, Chester said.

The Frogs leave Thursday morning for Lawrence, Kan. The meet is set to start at 5 p.m. Friday.