Marusakova, Jackson shine for Cougars at TCU

Emma Marusakova accumulated a team-high 21 points as BYU women’s swim and dive fell 238-134 at TCU on Friday.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Emma Marusakova accumulated a team-high 21 points as BYU women’s swim and dive fell 238-134 at TCU on Friday.

Photo Credit: TCU Athletics

Marusakova finished the day strong with back-to-back wins in the 100 fly and 200 IM. The sophomore from Zilina, Slovakia clocked 54.75 in the 100 fly to come in just ahead of the Horned Frogs’ Jeanne Dahmen. Marusakova then won the 200 IM at 2:03.30, slicing five seconds off her previous best and surpassing Lilian Moore (2016) for No. 10 all-time at BYU.

“We battled hard for every win in so many close races,” said BYU swimming head coach Shari Skabelund. “We are proud of how hard our athletes fought today and excited for all of the growth happening on this team.”

Freshman Kara Martinson came up big for BYU in the evening session with a win in the 200 free and runner-up finish in the 200 back. Martinson cut over 4.5 seconds off her entry time to finish the 200 free at 1:49.57 and defeat TCU’s Kara Church by nearly two seconds. Just two meets into her collegiate career, Martinson stands just outside the program’s top-10 board in the 200 free.

The Weddington, North Carolina native then added four points to the Cougars’ tally with a time of 2:01.63 to take second in the 200 back. Martinson was just shy of overtaking the home team’s Mikayla Popham and was followed closely by teammate Liza Slade in third.

BYU women’s diving was led by a combined 19 points from Alexia Jackson and Sophia DeBergh.

“I’m proud of the energy we brought and that we endured three diving events in one go,” said head diving coach Tyce Routson. “It was great to see us come up with some great dives and zone cut scores early in the season.”

Jackson posted 237.70 to take second in the platform event then fell to fifth at 250.05 in the 1-meter. The sophomore from Mesa, Arizona bounced back strong and finished the night with a hard-earned 308.85 in the 3-meter. TCU’s Anna Kwong fell short of Jackson’s mark with a 308.15 of her own.

Despite coming in eighth in the platform, DeBergh came on strong to finish the meet with a third-place finishes in both 1 and 3-meter events. DeBergh recorded a 256.76 in the 1-meter and 248.60 in the three.

Regan Geldmacher and Halli Williams each contributed seven points to the Cougars’ cause. Geldmacher’s top finish of the day came in the 1000 free (10:18.99) while Williams helped the 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams to runner-up finishes.

BYU competes again on Nov. 3 in a dual meet at UNLV.