Chances are, if you read Frogs O ‘War, you’ve been following most of the major events taking place in TCU athletics. Basketball is coming to an end, baseball in full swing, but what about the other sports that may not get as much media coverage?
Wondering what’s going on with the golf team? Or maybe just curious about how dominant TCU athletics are outside of their money makers like football and basketball? Well, now you do not have to!
We are rolling out this “Non-rev roundup” as a weekly piece to catch up with Frog fans on what has been going on with some of the smaller but equally important programs on campus.
Without further adieu:
Tighten the competition
If you have not heard it now, the women’s beach volleyball team is in absolute FIRE. This group, highlighted by 5th ranked duo Daniela Alvarez / Tania Moreno Mateeva, had the best start in CCSA’s history with a record of 28-0.
Unfortunately, their dominant run ended last weekend when they fell 4-1 to the then No. 3 USC, but no matter what, the Frogs still dominated in their final outing to the Mapes Beach Invitational & UCLA invitational, where they beat the hosts.
The Frogs’ only loss of the season is overshadowed by HUGE victories against No. 1 UCLA (twice), No. 5 Loyola Marymount and No. 9 Hawaii.
These recent victories add to the frogs’ already impressive CV now for a total of 15 top 20 victories a year, of which 5 are against top 5 teams.
The beach volleyball team is now ranked No. 2 with a record of 28-1 and will look to continue their dominance in Tallahassee, Florida, where they will compete in the Unconquered Invitational.
Serves some Ws
After being named the 2022 ITA Indoor National Champions, this squad continues to have their excellent form and remains the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
Since beating four top-15 opponents to secure the program’s first championship, the Frogs have set a record of 7-2 including four wins over top-45 opponents (Baylor, Texas Tech, SMU, UCLA).
One of the two recent losses came via a well-known enemy, Baylor, but the Frogs retaliated with a 4-3 victory over the Bears last weekend. The bounce-back victory was highlighted by an outstanding performance from sophomore Jake Fearnley.
The native Scotland was named the Big 12 player of the week after having great days against both Texas Tech and Baylor, and helped the Frogs open the Big 12 Conference by playing with a record of 2-0. He ended the weekend with double wins in both competitions paired with Luc Fomba, giving the duo a perfect 7-0 record of the year against ranked duos.
In singles, Fearnley would beat Baylor’s Finn Bass in consecutive sets to end a perfect 3-0 weekend for the second time.
The Horned Frog tennis team has a massive match on the way. Their last home game of the season takes place this Saturday against No. 3 Texas.
The season ends
There will be more on the golf teams as the Big 12 tournament is due to begin later this month (April 25-27), but the Frogs recently closed the regular season out this weekend.
When they competed in the Wyoming Invitational, the Frogs finished in 19th place out of 25 teams competing with 865 overall strokes, just 1-over par for the weekend. Aymeric Laussot was the Frogs’ top spot for the second tournament in a row after shooting 3-under 213. Just behind Laussot was Filippo Celli, who finished the tournament by shooting 1-over 217.
As for the women’s golf team, they are nicely ranked No. 28 in the country with two tournaments left of the regular season before the Big 12 tournament, one of which is underway right now.
The Frogs compete in the Silverado Invitational in Napa, California, where after round 2 they are in 12th place out of a 16-team field. Now I know the 12th may not seem so glamorous, but this 16-team field includes 11 of the top 40 teams at the national level.
Excellent beginner Caitly Macnab is leading the way for the Frogs right now after shooting 4-under 68 in round 2 yesterday. She is currently at number 3 individually at 2-under 142, just five strokes behind the driver.
Funny little side note: Macnab managed the cut and will compete in the final round of Augusta National Women’s Amateur 2022.
The women’s golf team will compete in “The Bruzzy” next week to close out the regular season before the Big 12 tournament kicks off 22-24. April.
In all seriousness, this TCU Rifle team deserves more attention. This group successfully defended their title this season and have now brought FOUR national championships home to the Fort.
Led by head coach Karen Monez, the frogs have been dominant all year, proven by their abundant amount of post-season honors.
Four TCU Rifle members – Stephanie Grundsoee, Kristen Hemphill, Anne White, Stephanie Allan – gathered for NI All-American honors this year.
Grundsoee was a unanimous first-team All American for the third season in a row, while Hemphill achieved second-team honors in air rifle and overall and third-team honors in smallbore. White finished off with a second-team rifle nod, not too shabby for the freshmen. And last but certainly not least, the Allan got a first-team rifle nod and honorable mention in smallbore.
Although the season has ended and ended literally as best as possible, there is still more to look forward to with this team.
The frogs recently announced the signature of Julie Johannessen, a Norwegian native who has competed at high levels such as the 2020 European Junior Championship Finals. Johannessen joins Katie Zaun and Mikole Hogan as freshmen next fall.
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming
The swimming and diving team’s season ended recently when Janis Silins, David Ekdahl and Alec Hubbard represented Horned Frogs at the men’s NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.
At the Nationals, Hubbard made his championship debut on the platform, finishing in 37th place in the preliminaries with a score of 276.60. The graduates ended the year with a big 12 bronze medal on the platform, a platform school record and an NCAA championship appearance. Not too shabby.
First-year student and fellow diver David Ekdahl finished in an overall 24th place with a score of 353.30. This recognition adds to his already successful season, including a school record in the Big 12 Championship 1-meter dive.
Janis Silins was the lone swimmer representing the frogs nationally, and the junior finished in an overall 40th place in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1: 55.73, just below his personal record of 1: 54.05 in the same event. .