North Texas Swimming Finishes Second At San Diego Shootout
Two Mean Green Swimmers Secure Individual Victories
Jan. 7, 2017
SAN DIEGO - The North Texas swimming team secured a second-place finish in the San Diego Shootout on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Center Pool on the campus of the University of San Diego.
The Mean Green finished the meet with 28 points. Kansas won the meet with 53 points, while Colorado State (27 pts.) and San Diego (16 pts.) rounded out the field of competition.
"We look forward to getting to compete in the USD Shootout every year," interim head coach Brittany Roth said. "It's a fun way to get in some racing, and the team really gets into the competitive atmosphere. Our girls swam pretty well coming off of our training camp, and they were eager to compete."
In the shootout format, only two swimmers advance to the semifinals round from each team even if a swimmer clocks a faster time than one from another school.
North Texas had three individual victories at the meet as Sarah Vaisse picked up victories in the 50 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, while Emmabeth Jensen secured a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle.
"We had some battles not only against the girls fro, other schools, but also within our own team," Roth added. "Our depth is the best I've seen in my time at North Texas, and for Emmabeth to out touch Brittany by .01 seconds to advance to the final round of the 50 freestyle was a showing of that depth. Both Emmabeth and Sarah's victories in the final round helped keep the energy and momentum in our favor."
Vaisse won the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.34 and followed that up with a victory in the 50 breaststroke final with a time of 29.46. Jensen saved her best swim for last in the 50 freestyle, securing another first place for the Mean Green with a time of 24.21.
Jowita Sienczyk recorded the highest finish for a North Texas swimmer in the 50 backstroke, and secured third place with a time of 27.11.
Kelsey Opiela had a strong showing in preliminary round and semifinal of the 50 butterfly. She qualified for the finals with a time of 26.76, and bested that time in the finals (26.64) en route to a fourth-place finish.
North Texas' 400 medley relay team comprised of Sienczyk, Vaisse, Opiela and Isabelle Morris secured a third-place finish in the event, clocking a time of 3:54.75.
Morris was narrowly edged out by a Kansas swimmer in the 200 freestyle, finishing second with a time of 1:54.47.
Barbara Wasilewska clocked a season-best time in the 1,000 freestyle (10:41.63), good for fifth place in the event.
The Mean Green ended the afternoon with the 400 freestyle relay and picked up another top-five finish as the relay team of Morris, Sara Whelan, Jensen and Brittany Thurstin clocked a time of 3:34.81 to finish fourth.
North Texas' diving team was in action on Friday at UCLA and competed against Kansas, Boise State and host UCLA. The team dove in the one-and-three-meter board events.
"Yesterday went pretty well considering we don't dive outside," head diving coach Mark Murdock said. "Gaby Silva did well on both boards and Jordan made some improvements to hold strong on the three meter. During the week we worked a lot of platform, so for the girls to do a quick jump back to springboard, they did well."
Gabryella Silva had the highest finish on the three-meter board for North Texas, finishing ninth with a score of 227.80. Jordan Ransom (220.75), Samantha Scheck (215.95) and Averie Ruiz (201.70) finished 11th, 12th and 14th in the event, respectively.
Silva also secured the highest finish for North Texas on the one-meter board with a score of 216.60. Scheck (214.15), Ruiz (206.85) and Allison Crites (184.70) all secured top-15 finishes.
"We had a good week of training in California. The team is ready to get back into our normal schedule and we're ready to turn our focus onto the Conference USA Championship," added Roth.
Sydney Buckley advanced to the 50 free semifinals with a time of 26.91 in the opening round
Brittany Thurstin clocked a time of 24.96 in the 50 free semifinals, but fell just short in qualifying for the finals
Deneen Carter finished seventh in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:11.07
North Texas had won the two previous San Diego Shootouts it competed in
This was the first meet of 2017 for North Texas
Up Next for the Mean Green
North Texas will return to Texas to challenge Texas A&M on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. in College Station.