North Texas Falls To SMU, 143-99, On Friday
Mean Green Drop To 1-4 In Dual Meets
DENTON – The North Texas swimming and diving team fell to Metroplex rival SMU, 143-99, on Friday evening at the Pohl Recreation Center.
“I was really happy with the team’s performance today,” interim head coach Brittany Roth said. “At this point in our season, we are at the end of the bulk of our training, so it was exciting to see this team swim and battle as well as it did today.”
North Texas got off to a fast start, clocking the top time in the 200-yard medley relay. The relay team comprised of Jowita Sienczyk, Sarah Vaisse, Kelsey Opiela and Brittany Thurstin combined for a time of 1:44.76, edging out SMU’s team (1:44.96).
Vaisse picked up North Texas’ lone solo victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:03.89. Claudia Kitching finished second at 1:04.78.
“I have a lot of faith in Sarah,” Roth added. “She is such a talented athlete and as she heads into conference it will be about letting her body do what it has been trained to do.”
Sienczyk paced North Texas in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing second with a time of 58.21. Ash Stone swam a time of 59.00, good for fourth place.
The Mean Green went two and four in the 1,000 freestyle as Barbara Wasilewska touched the wall at 10:41.75 and Natalia Kwiatkowska finished at 10:58.31.
Isabelle Morris secured another podium-finish for the Mean Green in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 1:53.14, good for third place. Morris also placed third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.96.
Emmabeth Jensen had a strong swim in the 50 freestyle, finishing second (24.28), .01 seconds behind the winner. Brittany Thurstin rounded out the top three with a time of 24.53.
Vaisse and Sienczyk, who paired up on the 200-yard medley relay victory, went two and three in the 200 individual medley event. Vaisse finished with a time of 2:05.56, while Sienczyk touched the wall at 2:08.08.
Jensen returned to the pool for the 100-yard butterfly, securing her second podium finish of the meet with a time of 57.70.
The Mean Green’s 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Jensen, Morris, Courtney Connelly and Kelsey Opiela finished the meet with a second-place showing in the relay with a time of 1:36.85.
On the diving side, Averie Ruiz, Samantha Scheck and Jordan Ransom finished second, third and fourth on both the one and three-meter boards.
“The girls did really well today,” diving coach Mark Murdock said. “Averie stepped up and picked up second in both board events. Right now I think the girls are right where they need to be as we head into the conference championships.”
Ruiz scored 222.15 in the one meter and 235.05 on the three meter.
“We have done a lot of work and the team has worked hard all season,” Roth explained. “Now is the time let their bodies recover as we head into the rest period. If we can stay mentally above tapering, I think this team is going to be phenomenal in a couple of weeks.”
• The relay team of Ash Stone, Claudia Kitching, Meredith Manry and Sara Whelan finished third in the 200 medley relay (1:48.84).
• Whelan (1:54.38), Katie Moore (1:58.62) and Caroline Culpepper (2:02.82) finished fourth, fifth and eighth,respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle.
• Samantha Scheck finished third on the one-meter board with a score of 218.48 and followed that up with a score of 224.63 in the three-meter event.
• Jordan Ransom scored 202.58 on the one-meter board and 224.4 on the three-meter, both good for fourth place.
• Haley Timmons finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (58.51).
• Brittany Thurstin (53.65) and Courtney Connelly (54.33) finished third and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle.
• Whelan finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:11.78) and Barbara Wasilewska followed her in fifth (5:17.80)
• Lindsey Blanchard finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.74).
• Kitching finished fifth in the 200-yard IM (2:11.92).
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas’ swimming team will compete in the pre-conference time trials on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. in Southlake.