Swimming And Diving Wraps Up Dual Action At SMU
McGee Posts Personal Best, Wins 500 Free
DALLAS - Freshman Leigh Faires McGee shone in North Texas swimming & diving's 174-69 loss to SMU on Friday evening at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium.
The contest marked the end of the Mean Green's dual-meet schedule as they begin preparing for the 2018 Conference USA Championships from Feb. 21-24 in Atlanta. As the door closes on dual-meet action, North Texas head coach Brittany Roth is encouraged by the team's performances.
"Being able to take their performances over the last couple weeks and at the Kansas Classic gives them a lot of confidence," Roth said. "The girls are just ready to begin tapering now."
McGee swam a personal-best time of 10:15.41 in the 1000-freestyle to take second place, topping her previous record from last week's win over TCU by five seconds. Although she finished 15 seconds ahead of second against the Horned Frogs, McGee and Roth knew it wouldn't be as easy against the Mustangs.
"When I was up on the block, I knew there was going to be someone my speed," McGee said. "Once I know that, I get in my element a little more."
"I told her, 'be ready, because you're going to be in a fight for the whole race.'," Roth said. "She thrives in those kind of moments. She likes to race people."
The freshman followed it up with a first-place finish in the 500-freestyle, just four seconds shy of her personal best from November's Kansas Classic. McGee finished the evening as the third leg of the A relay team in the 200-free relay, helping the group to a second-place finish with a time of 1:36.57.
Junior Brittany Thurstin continued to be one of North Texas' most consistent swimmers, clocking a 23.94 in the 50-freestyle to take third-place. She also played a crucial role in the team's second-place finishes in the 400-medley relay and 200-free relay.
"It gives her a lot of confidence," Roth said. "She's not the tallest one out there. She's always the little dog in the fight, but she's been working at this since the end of last season. Seeing it come to fruition has to give her a boost of confidence. I don't see why her name won't be on the record board when it's all said and done."
On the boards, freshman Meghan Miller earned a third-place finish in the one-meter dive (205.35), and junior Averie Ruiz also took third in the three-meter dive (209.62).
The Mean Green travel to Atlanta to participate in the 2018 C-USA Championships from Feb. 21-24.
- McGee won the 500-free at every dual meet this season.
- North Texas finished 3-3 in dual meets this season.
- McGee's 10:15.41 in the 1000-free makes her the eighth-fastest performer in the event in program history.