400-Medley Relay Team Finishes Fourth In Day Three Championship Action
Swimming And Diving Team Holds In Fourth Place
ATLANTA -- The 400-medley relay team, comprised of Jowita Sienczyk, Sarah Vaisse, Mikaela Cornelissen and Isabelle Morris, led the North Texas swimming and diving squad with a fourth-place finish and a season-best time in day three action on Friday evening at the Conference USA Championship. The Mean Green held onto their fourth-place team standing with 280 points.
"Today was a great day for Mean Green swimming and diving," North Texas interim head coach Brittany Roth said. "We had over ninety percent of our team earn a place to compete for the top 24 positions. This team is grinding, and they are succeeding as a team."
"Jowita Sienczyk ended the day with two best times, the first at the beginning of the session to command a win in the B heat of the 400 IM, the second at the end of the meet, leading off of the 400 Medley Relay. Our butterfliers showed up tonight in full force. Emmabeth Jensen and Kelsey Opiela had a very strong day in the B Final, while Mikaela Cornelissen showed up big in her first Conference USA Championship by qualifying for the A Final. Katie Moore had an incredible 200 Freestyle to jump from 16th place in the prelim to 11th in the final. Sarah Vaisse, Claudia Kitching, Kathleen Rousset, and Meaghan Rousset have been consistent for us all year, and today they came through again."
The medley team picked up 30 points with a time of 3:43:43, which ranks fifth best in school history.
Individually, Vaisse led the Mean Green with a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke final. Her time of 1:02.12 bested her prelim time (1:02.28) and is the second-fastest time this season in that event for North Texas and ranks eighth in school history. She holds the two fastest times this season.
Claudia Kitching was in the 100-yard breaststroke final as well and finished in seventh place with a time of 1:02.56, also beating her prelim time. Both times beat her previous season best.
Sienczyk finished ninth in the 400-IM final, beating her personal best, set earlier today, with a time of 4:23.70. It is nearly four seconds faster than her previous best. She holds the top three times in this event this season for the Mean Green.
Cornelissen, continuing in her meet debut for the Mean Green, finished sixth in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 54.59. This time and her prelim time of 54.59 are the Mean Green's two fastest times in that event this season. They are also the third and fifth-fastest times in school history.
"Isabelle Morris has had a really great season, and for her to for her best time in the 200 twice in the meets is a direct result of the work she's done day in and day out."
Morris finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle final with a time of 1:49.28. Her prelim time of 1:48.93 was a career best and ranks sixth in school history.
"Our divers were strong for us today, we had five of the top 16 divers in the conference, and Mark Murdock, our diving coach, is proving to be a real asset to our program.
The Mean Green divers were able to pick up 23 points in the 1-meter diving event with five divers competing in the finals. Sam Scheck led the way with a 10-place finish followed by Gaby Silva in 11th, Cecilia Hernandez in 12th and Allison Crites in 13th.
"I'm pleased with how we've been as a team, and we have another day of competition ahead. We came into this meet as a team, and we plan to finish the meet the same."
• The Mean Green will compete in day four and the final day of the Conference USA championship on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tomorrow's schedule format remains the same, with preliminaries beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by the finals at 5 p.m, central time.The championship is streamed by ESPN3.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
• Katie Moore finished 11th in the 200-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 1:50.64.