Swimming & Diving Takes Fifth At Conference For Second Year
Rossum, Groteguth Add Stellar Times In Last Career Meet
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Saturday marked the end of the Conference USA Swimming Championships as North Texas placed fifth for the second consecutive year. The meet also marked the end of the road for the Mean Green's five graduating upperclassmen.
"We were really led by our seniors and I'm just proud of how they helped us reach a great finish," head coach Brendon Bray said. "They were definitely our leaders this year and I think they've passed the torch onto our freshmen moving forward."
Swimming in their last collegiate meet, seniors Krista Rossum and Mona Groteguth put together a string of impressive individual performances, combiningfor nine B time standards over the weekend. They also joined freshman Sydney Buckleyand junior Bianca Bocsain earning a third-place, all-conference finish in the 400 medley relay.
Rossum set two school records in back-to-back days coming into the final day of meet action. On Saturday, the senior notched another B cut, taking fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.13). Overall, Rossum tallied four B time standards over the weekend, bringing her total to five on the year.
Groteguth continued her backstroke dominance by posting five NCAA time standards on the weekend. Two of those came on Saturday as the senior took fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:57.57), her highest finish of the meet. The German native finishes her senior season with 11 B-qualifying times.
The Mean Green's stellar freshmen class proved that it wasn't afraid to compete with the conference's top swimmers. Isabelle Morris had the best finish among the team's rookies, taking eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:50.03), whileBuckleynotched a 55.13 time in the 100 butterfly that wasa team-season best. In all, seven of the nine freshmen scored points for the team over the weekend.
North Texas divers were consistent throughout the meet's first two diving events, and Saturday was no different. Sophomore Samantha Scheck placed fourth in day three's platform dive with a career-best 184.85. Junior Jasmine Abercrombie took seventh (175.85) while freshman Cecilia Hernandez tallied a 112.25 score in her first career platform dive outing.
C-USA Final Team Standings
1. FIU - 765
2. Rice - 661.5
3. WKU - 645
4. Marshall - 484
5. North Texas - 357
6. Florida Atlantic - 323.5
7. Old Dominion - 294
400 IM: Krista Rossum - 2nd Place - 4:15.22 (NT record, B cut)
400 medley relay: Groteguth, Rossum, Buckley, Bocsa - 3rd Place - 3:43.28