North Texas Downs San Diego In San Diego Shootout
Mean Green Improves To 3-3 In Dual Meets This Season
SAN DIEGO — The North Texas swimming and diving team repeated as champions of the San Diego Shootout on Saturday, defeating host San Diego by a score of 62-48 in a dual and shootout format. The Mean Green (3-3) won five of the eight events, including three of the four 50-meter sprint events.
The meet was unique both in the order of events and the scoring system. It featured eight events, including 50-meter sprint events in the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, and each of those events were scored 5-3-1.
“I was really proud of the people who had to swim doubles,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “It’s really hard to get up and do a race, and then get up and do another one. There were many instances of people who swam two 50-meter races within two minutes of each other. When we got to the finals, two of our swimmers, Sarah Vaisse in the fly and the breast and Rebekah Bradley in the back and the the free, had doubles in the finals.
“It’s a lot to ask of them to do the second swim, but they had great attitudes. This meet was less about the times and more about dealing with adversity, racing and getting their hand on the wall. We had many instances of people who did just that. I was really proud of them.”
Because of that scoring system, the dual meet remained close throughout. North Texas led 20-16 after two events, San Diego (3-2) led 30-25 after three events, and then North Texas grabbed the lead for good after outscoring San Diego by a score of 13-6 in the 200-yard freestyle, the fourth event of the day.
Sophomore Isabelle Morris won the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.57) and also placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.93). In the sprint events, freshman Rebekah Bradley, making her collegiate debut, won the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 26.59.
Other individual winners for the Mean Green included sophomore Sarah Vaisse in the 50-yard breaststroke (29.85) and freshman Brittany Thurstin, who picked up her first career win in the 50-yard freestyle (24.74).
Bradley and Vaisse also combined with sophomore Caroline Culpepper and senior Bianca Bocsa for a first-place in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:54.43.
“This was a stepping stone for us to get ready for a more traditional meet in Little Rock,” Bray said. “Today was a competitive event, to try to beat people to the wall. Our next meet will be a rehearsal for our Senior Meet against TCU. We want to build to that double-dual in Little Rock and we want to be at our best for TCU and carry that into our meet against SMU.”
- North Texas improves to 2-0 all-time against San Diego, which included a 20-16 in last year’s San Diego Shootout
- Freshmen Rebekah Bradley, making her collegiate debut, and Brittany Thurstin each picked up their first career wins in the pool
- With five first-place finishes, North Texas has collected 28 individual wins and nine relays wins for a total for a total of 37 wins this season.
- The week of training in San Diego also includes scrimmages against San Diego and San Diego State
After the swimmers and divers conclude their training in San Diego and Los Angeles, respectively, the Mean Green return to competition with a double-dual meet against UALR and Southern Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 16.