Brittany Sayler closes out her second season with the Mean Green after coming off a strong debut in her first year. The Mean Green concluded the 2014-15 campaign with its second consecutive fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championships, where the team earned all-conference honors in the 400 medley relay and 400 IM. Seniors Krista Rossum and Mona Groteguth once again set program records throughout the season and notched NCAA B-qualifying times in five events. Rossum's program-best marks came in the 200 IM (2:00.35) and 400 IM (4:15.22) in consecutive days at the C-USA meet, while Groteguth claimed the 200 backstroke record (1:56.20) at Incarnate Word's Christmas Invitational. Additionally, freshmen posted team-best times in four different events this season.
In 2013-14, the team's first season in C-USA, North Texas finished in fifth place at the swimming and diving conference championships while team records continued to break. Mean Green swimmers achieved three NCAA "B" cut time standards along with setting four new school records. The junior duo of Krista Rossum and Mona Groteguth swam to a number of record-setting performances. Rossum originally broke the school record in the 400 individual medley at the Houston Invitational and then went on to break it again at the conference championships finishing with a 4:16.95 time; Groteguth set UNT history in both the 100 backstroke (54.02) and the 200 backstroke (1:56.62), accomplishing both feats at the Houston Invitational.
Along with success in the water, the Mean Green continued to show their academic strength, earning the No. 2 ranked team GPA of all swimming and diving programs in the country by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The team's hard work in the classroom also led the Mean Green to the highest GPA amongConference USA swimming and diving programs. Of six total swimmers named to the C-USA All-Academic team for swimming and diving, two members were North Texas' very own: Mona Groteguth and Krista Rossum. Rossum was awarded with the C-USA Scholar-Athlete Award.
Before making her way to Texas, Sayler spent three seasons with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers. In her first year, the team rewrote the record book as 46 total records were eclipsed 68 different times. Sayler had also helped coach 31 individual league champions over the course of the three seasons and sent the first-ever female in Horizon League history and the first ever Panther to swim in the NCAA Championships. Of those 31 league champs, 12 broke league records in the process.
Brittany's work with the stroke and IMgroups helped the men's program break fiveschool records along with twofreshmen records, and the women's team became Horizon League Champions for the second time in the 2012-2013 season. In the 2011-2012 campaign, Sayler helped the men's program finish with an undefeated record, which was no easy task as the Panthers had to face in-state foe and Big Ten Conference member, Wisconsin-Madison.In all, Milwaukee broke 17 school records 30 different times during 2011-12 campaign. That Panther team also set six new league records, five Klotsche Natatorium records and three freshman records to cap a more-than-memorable season.
Sayler worked with Emily McClellan, the Panthers' first female NCAA qualifier in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 200 IM. Her 2012 NCAA performance earned her a 12th place finish at the Championships, and later that summer she was one of three Panthers who competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Sayler worked with Jordan Diel (butterfly), Becky Yokosh (backstroke), and McClellan (breaststroke). McClellan just missed advancing to London with an impressive sixthplace finish in the 100 breast. She later went on to finish secondin the NCAA in the 100 breaststroke with the third-fastest time swum in the history of the event.
Prior to Sayler's career in Milwaukee, she worked for twoyears at Frankfort High School in Frankfort, Indiana. She was the high school boys' and girls' swimming and diving head coach, as well as the head coach of the USA Swimming Sugar Creek Swim Club Satellite program. Sayler not only helped the Hot Dogs to school record-setting performances and a Sagamore Conference Championship, but she was also named the 2011 Coach of the Year by the Lafayette Sectional Coaches. Sayler's time working at the club and high school level gave her the opportunity to learn from and work with world renowned technique specialist Milt Nelms. Sayler also gained the knowledge and exposure of the development of the U.S. National Team's dryland regiment. Through years of development, Sayler has been able to help many athletes utilize functional strength movements that translate into faster swimming.
Sayler was a four-year swimmer at Ball State, where she qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open in the 100 and 200 backstroke. As team co-captain her senior year, she claimed the team's High Point Award and twice earned Mid-American Conference Academic All-Team honors and was nominated MAC Senior of the Year. In addition to claiming all-league second-team honors on two occasions, she broke school records in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. In addition, she was a part of the record-setting 400 medley relay, and in her sophomore season she broke the team record for most relay wins In a season. In her first season, Sayler was named Most Outstanding Freshman. Once her four years of eligibility had passed, she worked a season as the student assistant at Ball State. Brittany Sayler is a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and her fiancé Ben works in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a firefighter.