North Texas Edges Out San Diego In Torero Shootout, 20-16
Krista Rossum Wins Two Events To Round Out Meet, Winter Training Trip
SAN DIEGO - The North Texas swimming team won each of the four events at Friday's Torero Shootout to come away with a 20-16 victory over San Diego. Senior Krista Rossum showed her dominance in the sprint-only meet, racing in all 12 heats and picking up two wins.
"This was just a really awesome meet for us that was all about pulling together and getting the win," head coach Brendon Bray said. "Krista [Rossum] had a phenomenal day and she really led us all the way to the finish."
The meet's unique structure - a formula that awarded points only to the top three finishers in each event - kept the score close in a meet that came down to the wire. Mean Green victories in each of the first three races were cancelled out by second- and third-place finishes by the Toreros. North Texas held a slight advantage entering the day's final event and needed a solid finish to come out on top. A Rossum tie for first and a third-place finish from freshman Isabelle Morris would ultimately seal the victory for the team.
North Texas was without the services of one of its veterans for the duration of the shootout. Senior Mona Groteguth missed the trip to the West Coast to attend a national training camp in Germany. The lack of Groteguth - the team's leader in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly - left a major hole for the Mean Green. It was junior Bianca Bocsa and freshman Sydney Buckley that filled the void. Bocsa took the top finish in the 50 backstroke while Buckley claimed the top mark in the 50 butterfly.
Friday's meet rounded out the team's winter training trip to California. The nearly week-long journey included a three-team practice session with SDSU and Boise State earlier this week, and it gave the team a chance to put in some work with an eye on the fast-approaching Conference USA Championships.
"It's just nice to get away, be in a different place and start fresh for the new year," Bray said. "This was the best week of practice that we've had all year and I couldn't be happier with where we are as a team."
The Mean Green will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 24, when it travels to New Orleans to take on Tulane at 11 a.m.
- The win brings the Mean Green's season record to 4-1, good for the best start in program history. The team's only loss of the season came against a No. 7-ranked Texas A&M squad.