Ball State, 2008
Brittany Sayler-Roth enters her third season as an assistant coach with the Mean Green, coming off consecutive fifth-place finishes at the Conference USA Championships. She helped the Mean Green to a 4-4 record in 2014-15, including a 3-1 start, the best start in the program’s 16-year history.
The team earned all-conference honors in the 400 medley relay and 400 IM. Seniors Krista Rossum and Mona Groteguth set three program records 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 Groteugth claimed the 200 backstroke record (1:56.20) at Incarnate Word’s Christmas Invitational.
In 2013-14, the team’s first season in C-USA, Mean Green swimmers set four program records and achieve NCAA B-qualifying times in three events. 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 program records in the 100 backstroke (54.02) and 200 backstroke (1:56.62), accomplishing both feats at the Houston Invitational.
Outside of the pool, the Mean Green have received the Spring Scholar All-America Team Award for having one of the top GPA’s in the nation in Division I women’s swimming and diving in each of the last two seasons. Rossum and Groteguth have also been named to the Conference USA All-Academic team in each of the last two seasons, with Rossum receiving the Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in swimming and diving in each of the last two seasons.
Before making her way to North Texas, Sayler-Roth spent three seasons with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. She 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.
Sayler-Roth worked with Emily McClellan, the program’s first female, and also the first female from the Horizon League, to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. She swam in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM at the 2011 NCAA Championships. McClellan would also post the league’s first ever NCAA A-qualifying times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and just missed honorable mention All-American honors at the 2012 NCAA Championships. That same season, she also helped the men’s program finished with an undefeated record.
Prior to her career in Milwaukee, Sayler-Roth spent two year at Frankfort High School in Frankfort, Indiana, where she was the high school boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving head coach, as well as the coach of the USA Swimming Sugar Creek Swim Club Satellite program.
Sayler-Roth 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 both the 100 and 200 backstroke and was a part of a record-setting 400 medley relay team. After her four years of eligibility had passed, she worked a season as the student assistant at Ball State.
Brittany Sayler-Roth is a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and her husband, Ben, works in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a firefighter.