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Swimming to face state rival TCU

Swimming to face state rival TCU

January 29
23:35 2013

Audra Stamp / Intern

The UNT swimming and diving team will travel to Fort Worth today to face state rival, Texas Christian University, at 6 p.m.

Coming off of a loss against the highly-ranked Southern Methodist University and a win against the University of Houston at a dual meet two weeks ago, the team has high hopes for the meet against TCU.

The Mean Green and Horned Frogs competed in the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational in December, where UNT placed first with 1,911 points, and TCU took second with 1,810 points. The competition for the upcoming meet should be close, with many of UNT and TCU’s top swimmers finishing within milliseconds of each other in the last meet.

“It’ll be a race to the end, and it’s all about racing,” sophomore breaststroke swimmer Krista Rossum said. “It’ll be less about our times and more about just racing.”

Head coach Joe Dykstra said that he is excited to visit TCU because his team usually performs well in that pool. Sophomore backstroke swimmer Sarah Manning is especially familiar with the pool since she is a recent TCU transfer.

“I’ve been in the pool so it’ll be good for turns, and I know how to start,” Manning said. “It definitely benefits you being familiar with the pool.”

Diving coach Jim Pyrch has been coaching hard in practice and has his team attempting new dives.

“I think we did a pretty good job against Houston,” Pyrch said. “As we come out of the break more, we’re going to gain a little more confidence.”

During break and after an exhibition in Puerto Rico in January, many of the players who competed in the SMU/Houston dual meet were injured or sick, Dykstra said. He hopes his team is back to full strength for tonight’s meet.

Although UNT beat TCU in the UIW Invitational, UNT’s swimmers and divers are expecting a tough contest and they know they will be competing for every last point.

“I hope we win, that is the ultimate goal,” Dykstra said. “It should be a very close meet.”

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