North Texas Begins Competition At Conference USA Championship
Mean Green Sit In Fourth Place After Day One
ATLANTA - The North Texas swimming and diving team sits in fourth place after a short first day at the Conference USA Championship. The meet's first day of action included two events, both relays.
"We had 12 of our athletes compete on day one, and it was a great way to kick off this meet," interim head coach Brittany Roth said.
In the first event of the evening, the 200-yard medley relay team of Jowita Sienczyk, Sarah Vaisse, Mikaela Cornelissen and Brittany Thurstin secured a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:41.22, which is the second-fastest performance in school history.
"Jowita swam her best time to lead things off for us in the finals," Roth added. "Sarah had a strong swim and her stroke was so sound and will set her up for later this week. Mikaela really was poised as she battled and fought to bring our team into a position for Brittany to dive in and command the fourth-place finish for our team."
It was Cornelissen's first swim as a member of the Mean Green.
The Mean Green finished day one with the 800-yard freestyle relay, where the relay team of Emmabeth Jensen, Katie Moore, Isabelle Morris and Sara Whelan clocked a time of 7:22.69, good for fourth place and the No. 9 slot for best performances in school history.
"Emmabeth led off the race with her career-best time for a 200-yard freestyle," Roth added. "The swim that really held the group together was Morris', as she swam a career-best time as well, a time she has been chasing for two years.
Morris' split time was 1:48.75, making her the second-best performer in program history. Her previous career best was 1:48.94.
With three days left in the Conference USA Championship meet, North Texas is currently in fourth with 60 points. FIU swept both relay events and sits atop the leaderboard with 80 points. Rice is second with 68, followed by Marshall (64) in third. Old Dominion (56) and Florida Atlantic (26) round out the field.
Competition will begin tomorrow with preliminaries at 10:30 a.m. (ET), followed by the finals beginning at 6 p.m. (ET). The schedule of events includes the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle, three-meter diving and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Live stats and live streaming (ESPN3) are available for all four days of the Conference USA Championship.
- North Texas' 200-yard medley relay B team comprised of Ash Stone, Kelsey Opiela, Cluadia Kitching and Courtney Connelly clocked a time of 1:44.44. Kitching swam the second leg in 29.06 seconds, the first time in her career she has broken 30 seconds.
- Jensen's times of 1:51.98 in the 200-yard free marked a career best.