Gracie Morris traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to compete in the NCAA Cross Country National Championship for the second consecutive season. Though Morris was unfortunately unable to finish the race due to injury, the race was a finish to another very successful season for the Junior from Aledo, Texas.
Morris earned an invite to the national championship race behind an eighth-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional thanks to a strong time of 20:33.7 in the 6k. This was the season’s last event for both men’s and women’s cross country as the runners will now turn their attention to Track and Field. TCU Track and Field will kick off their season on January 13th in College Station at the McFarrin 12 Degree Invitational.
Swimming and Diving
TCU Swimming and Diving competed in the Mizzou Invite and both the men’s and women’s teams had great showings with the men picking up the win and the women taking second place. Piotr Sadlowski got the Frogs started with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly thanks to a time of 46.26. Tania Quaglieri matched that effort with a second-place finish of her own in the women’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.10.
Mikayla Popham earned a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle for the Frogs behind a time of 4:48.50. The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team picked up a silver medal with a time of 1:30.49. Geremia Freri was the next Frog to earn a second-place finish as he had an excellent time of 1:45.28 in the 200-yard IM. Both the TCU men’s and women’s 400-yard medley relay teams finished in second place thanks to times of 3:08.86 and 3:36.97 respectively.
Milan Fabian picked up the first win of the meet for the Frogs with a victory in the 500-yard freestyle behind a strong time of 4:22.24. Oliver Cazaly was the second Frog to pick up a gold medal on day one with a first place finish in the one-meter dive thanks to a score of 330.85. Quagleiri was the first winner on day two for the Frogs securing gold in the 100-yard backstroke thanks to a time of 52.61.
Nina Vadovicova took home silver in the 100-yard breaststroke with a good time of 1:00.45. Freri earned gold on day two posting an excellent time of 3:49.85 in the 400-yard IM. Frog relay teams showed out on day two with the women’s 200-yard medley team taking second thanks to a time of 1:38.09. Both the men’s and women’s 800-yard freestyle teams had great races; the men’s team finished first with a time of 6:25.83 and the women’s team took second thanks to a time of 7:15.35.
Anna Kwong won her first gold medal of the meet in the one-meter thanks to a solid score of 321.15. Cazaly won his second event of the meet, this time in the three-meter behind a score of 364.05. Day three started with a second-place finish from Kara Church in the 1650-yard freestyle thanks to a time of 16:37.71. The TCU women’s 400-yard freestyle team picked up a silver medal with a time of 3:16.18. Vadovicova earned another second-place finish, this time in the 200-yard breaststroke behind a time of 2:11.86.
Elliot Dillon finished second in men’s platform diving after earning a great score of 308.30. Kwong closed out the meet with a silver medal in women’s platform diving thanks to a score of 234.00. TCU Swimming and Diving will be back in action on January 12th and 13th for a meet with Texas A&M in Fort Worth for Senior Day.