Horned Frog Sports Round Up: 3/18

By Drew_Carlton on March 18, 2023 1:45 pm

Swim and Diving: TCU Swim and Dive finished NCAA zonal competitions in Minneapolis and competed in the National Invitational Championships in Elkhart, Indiana, last week. Alec Hubbard received an invite to the NCAA National Championships in Platform after placing 5th in the NCAA Zone D Championship. At the National Championships, Hubbard will join Frogs David Ekdahl and Jadon Wuilliez, both of whom received invites from previous days of competition at the Zone Championships. The NCAA Championships will be held March 22-25 in Minneapolis, where Hubbard will compete on platform, Ekdahl will compete in the 1m and 3m events and Wuilliez will compete in the 100m backstroke. TCU also started the National Invitational Championships strong with a day one win by Jeanne Dahmen in the 50 Fly thanks to a great time of 24.02. Olivia Rhodes secured another podium spot for the Frogs with a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle, while Raphael Paiva Da Lima took third place in the men’s 50m breaststroke. TCU earned more hardware on the second day of competition thanks to a school-record time in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke of 1:00.92, good for a third-place finish. Dahmen grabbed another Top 3 finish with a second place finish in the women’s 100-yard fly and broke the school record with a time of 53.45. The men’s 800-yard freestyle team of Luke Dimiceli, Milan Fabian, Geremia Freri and Kornel Kohalmi finished the day strong for TCU with a third-place finish and a time of 6:29.74. Freri put in an excellent performance on the third and final day of competition when he placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke and broke the school record with a time of 48.98 in the 100-yard IM. Next week’s NCAA Championships will cap an already hugely successful season for TCU Swim and Dive, with a chance to improve even further as 3 frogs compete in a total of 4 events at the National Championships.

Athletics: Both the outdoor and indoor athletics teams competed at the Indoor National Championships, the Armor UTA Invite and the TCU Alumni Invitational this past week. The Frogs excelled in both the men’s and women’s triple jump as Grace Anigbata and Jaren Holmes both had top 10 finishes in the event. Anigbata broke the school record for the triple jump on her way to a second-team All-American Award with a jump of 44′ 6.75”. Holmes was also named a second Team All-American with a jump of 53′ 3”, good for ninth overall. The outdoor team put on a great performance at the Armor UTA Invite, which saw three pitchers earn victories for the frogs. Samantha Callaway had two podiums that day, including a victory in the discus with a throw of 49.08 meters. Callaway also finished third in the shot put after a 12.82 meter throw. Mathilda Bjorklund got her second win of the season in the hammer throw with a throw of 56.76 meters, which was over eight meters longer than second place. Kyler Van Grouw also had a brilliant day, finishing first in the men’s shot put with a throw of 15.32 meters and second in the men’s discus throw with a throw of 49.28 meters. Next was the TCU Alumni Invitational, where Bjorklund continued her dominant start to the season with her third straight win in the hammer throw. Callaway also continued from a hot start with a second-place finish in the women’s discus throw. Jillian Johnson took third place for the Frogs in the high jump while Emma Seetoo won the long jump for TCU with a jump of 6.20 meters. Quinn Calhoun was another winner for the Frogs when she took first place in the women’s pole vault with a height of 4.11 meters. TCU also won the men’s pole vault behind Ben Kirbo, who was 5.10 meters tall. TCU also had the first two finishers in the men’s long jump, as Gavin Champ and Evan Koach had jumps of 7.50 meters and 7.45 meters, respectively. Sydney Juszczyk finished first in the women’s javelin with a throw of 48.75 meters, which was 6 meters longer than second. TCU also had the top two finishers in the men’s triple jump

Theophilus Mudzengerere and Damilare Olukosi took first and second place respectively. The Frogs 4x100m relay also took first place. TCU dominated the women’s 1500m as the top five finishers were all Frogs, led by Gracie Morris with an excellent time of 4:14.59. Jasmin Muhammad-Graham took first place for TCU in the women’s 800 meters and finished almost 7 seconds ahead of second place. Iyana Gray was another Frog winner when she finished first in the 200m, while Dreunna Washington joined her on the podium with a third place finish. The top two runners in the women’s 3000m were both Horned Frogs as Mariana Martinez and Peyton Mcquillan finished first and second respectively. The women’s and men’s 4×400 meter race was also won by the TCU teams to close out the day. Next up for outdoor track and field is the Clyde Hart Classic in Waco this coming Friday and Saturday.

Rifle: TCU Rifle ended its 2023 season with an incredible performance at the National Championship Meeting in Akron, Ohio, finishing second overall. The Frogs had to fight their way back after a slow start in small caliber as they were sixth after day one. TCU shot very well in the air rifle on day two, finishing second overall and beating 4 teams to take second overall. Julie Johannessen led the way for the Frogs with an excellent 599 in air rifle and a 586 in small bore. Johannessen had one of the best seasons ever for a frog when she set the NCAA small-caliber record with 598 points at the PRC championships. Katie Zaun and Stephanie Grundsoee had great performances at the National Championship, shooting 597 and 595 air rifle and 585 and 584 rimfire respectively. The Frogs had another phenomenal season as they won the PRC Championship and lost just one meeting all year, the National Championship. TCU will be back as they are still a very young team with Johannessen and Zaun both newcomers right now and with plenty of chances for runs to the finals.

Men’s Golf: TCU men’s golf won last week’s GCU Invitational with a team score of -17, narrowly beating North Dakota State and Grand Canyon University, who both had -16 team scores. Gustav Frimodt led the Frogs as he finished second overall in singles, shooting 11-under par through the three rounds of the tournament. Frimdot’s 64 in the second round of the tournament was the best score for a Horned Frog in the tournament and was shared for second best round in the entire field. Maxence Giboudot also had a great tournament, shooting 5 under three rounds. Giboudot’s performance was highlighted by a 65 in the first round, tied for best score that round. Next, TCU will travel to the Seahawk Intercollegiate in Wilmington, North Carolina on March 26-27.

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