North Texas Swimming And Diving Falls At No. 7 Texas A&M

Jan. 11, 2017

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COLLEGE STATION - The North Texas swimming and diving team dropped a dual meet, 178-109, at No. 7 Texas A&M on Wednesday afternoon inside the Student Rec Center Natatorium. 

North Texas secured 19 top-three finishes, including a first-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

"I was proud of the way our girls competed today," interim head coach Brittany Roth said. "We had to shuffle our lineup around after an injury, but the girls, though dealing with soreness after dryland training earlier in the week, rose to the occasion and competed with one of the top teams in the country."

The Mean Green opened the meet by claiming third and fourth in the 200-yard medley relay. The relay team of Jowita Sienczyk, Sarah Vaisse, Kelsey Opiela and Brittany Thurstin led the relay teams at 1:47.80.

Natalia Kwiatkowska led the way for North Texas, securing the first individual top-three finish for the Mean Green behind a season-best time of 10:32.87 in the 1,000-yard freestyle. She later swam a career-best time of 4:41.39 in the 400 individual medley en route to second-place finish.

"Natalia had an excellent showing today," Roth added. "She cut nearly 12 seconds off her 1,000 time and was dialed in across all of her races. She did a great job and we are excited to see what she does down the stretch."

Sienczyk recorded another podium finish for North Texas, securing third place in the 100-yard backstroke (57.70). Ash Stone finished fifth at 59.53. Stone logged her first top-three finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:05.79.

Thurstin added to the top-three finishes for North Texas in the 50-yard freestyle, clinching the third-place spot at 24.35.

Vaisse, the 100-yard breaststroke record holder at North Texas, touched the wall at 1:05.42 in the event, finishing fourth. Following her was Claudia Kitching (1:05.80) in fifth and Kathleen Rousset (1:08.03) in sixth.

The Mean Green had three athletes place in the top-five of the 200-yard breaststroke, led by Kitching's second-place showing at 2:19.89. Vaisse finished third (2:23.32) and Kathleen Rousset followed her in fourth with a time of 2:27.77.

North Texas found success in the 100-yard freestyle, collecting two of the top-three spots. Isabelle Morris came away with the second spot, posting a time of 52.10, while Thurstin logged her second individual podium finish with a time of 53.66.

Barbara Wasilewska had a strong showing in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second with a time of 5:13.54, narrowly edging out teammate Sara Whelan (5:13.67).

Sydney Buckley (57.46), Opiela (1:00.00) and Caroline Culpepper (1:01.62) went 2-4 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Capping the meet for the Mean Green was the foursome of Sienczyk, Thurstin, Morris and Vaisse, who secured the 200-yard freestyle relay victory and North Texas' lone victory with a time of 1:37.77.

On the diving side, Samantha Scheck finished second on the one-and-three-meter boards. Scheck logged a score of 210.14 on the three-meter and 225.67 on the one-meter.

Following Scheck on the three-meter board were teammates Jordan Ransom in third (207.38) and Averie Ruiz in fourth (205.35). On the one-meter, Ruiz finished third (215.62) and Gabryella Silva finished fourth (211.95).

"It normally takes a week or so to get back into race shape after winter training, so this meet was good for us to compete in as we gear up for TCU, SMU and the conference tournament," Roth added. 

Quick Hits

  • The 200-yard medley relay team of Ash Stone, Claudia Kitching, Sydney Buckley and Isabelle Morris finished fourth at 1:49.78
  • Barbara Wasilewska clocked a time of 10:43.08 in the 1,000-yard freestyle, good for fourth place
  • Morris placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:52.87). Sara Whelan (1:55.87) and Katie Moore (2:01.47) finished in the top-eight of the event
  • Lindsey Blanchard placed third in the 400 IM behind a time of 4:45.07. She finished seventh in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 1:01.36.
  • Meredith Manry (2:09.22) and Haley Timmons (2:09.23) finished fourth and fifth in the 200-yard butterfly
  • Abbie Imes swam a time of 26.35 in the 50-yard freestyle
  • Courtney Connelly finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (54.40)
  • Emily Rush finished third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:19.84
  • Katie Moore swam a time of 5:15.12 in the 500-yard freestyle, securing fourth place
  • Meaghan Rousset recorded a third-place finish in the 400 IM (4:45.07)
  • North Texas' other 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Opiela, Buckley, Moore and Connelly finished second with a time of 1:40.55

Up Next For North Texas

The North Texas diving team will head to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the Air Force Diving Invitational from Jan. 25-27. North Texas' swimming team will compete against TCU on Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. in Fort Worth.




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