to go into swim meet as underdogs
It is rare in any sport for a one-loss team to consider themselves
underdogs at a home meet.
Though, for the mens swimming and diving team, its just
Fresh off their first loss of the season last Saturday to No. 5 Florida,
the Frogs (8-1) plan to play the role of spoiler tonight when they
host Southern Methodist University.
Head coach Richard Sybesma said despite being heavy underdogs, the
Frogs are more than capable of pulling off the upset against one of
their biggest rivals.
We just have to be confident, not cocky, Sybesma said.
I dont like that word at all. But one thing about underdogs
is that they come to compete. And we will compete.
Senior Aaron McLachlan said they are more than capable of overcoming
their only loss this season, even though the team may be the underdog
I think well bounce back pretty well, he said. This
will be a real close meet. It should be intense against a great rival.
If they hope to bounce back, Sybesma said the team must be ready to
compete at the beginning of the meet. He said slow starts have hurt
the team in recent meets and that they must improve in their long-distance
McLachlan agrees that a good start is needed during the first few
races if they want to defeat the Mustangs.
We have to get off to a good start in the first relay because
then anything can happen, McLachlan said. This is so important
for us as a team.
He said the Frogs should not have any problem getting off to a fast
start against their rival, especially because they expect to compete
in front of more fans tonight than they have all season long.
Well have more people show up at this one meet than we
have all year long, McLachlan said. I know the girls
team will be here cheering us on. It should be pretty intense.
Intense it will be for senior David Tietze, who squares off against
his fathers alma mater for only the second time in four years.
For me, its more of a personal issue because my dad swam
for SMU, said Tietze, whose father is deceased. Its
a big rivalry SMU and TCU and I am looking forward to the opportunity
to compete against one of the better schools in the nation.
McLachlan said the additions the Frogs have made to last years
roster, a team that lost 134-88 to SMU, should allow TCU to be more
competitive this time around.
We have better depth this year than we did last time,
he said. Last year, we went to their pool and they swam real
well and we almost beat them. We have a chance at upsetting them.
swimmer Aaron McLachlan practices his butterfly stroke
during practice Wednesday afternoon in the University