North Texas Finishes Fourth At C-USA Championship
Two More Records Fall On Saturday
ATLANTA – After four days of competition, the North Texas swimming and diving team finished in fourth place with 435.5 points at the Conference USA Championship meet at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
It matched the Mean Green’s highest finish since joining the C-USA conference.
“Today was one for the books,” interim head coach Brittany Roth said. “The highlight of the evening had to be our 400 free relay to end the meet.”
FIU (922.5 points) won the meet and Rice finished as the runner-up Rice (749). Marshall (724) took third, Old Dominion (326) and Florida Atlantic (221) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Mean Green saw two records fall on Saturday, the 100-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
North Texas swam its final relay of the meet – the 400-yard freestyle – earning 32 points and a bronze medal with a program record time of 3:21.58 set by the team of Junior Isabelle Morris, sophomore Sara Whelan, freshman Jowita Sienczyk and sophomore Emmabeth Jensen.
“Our relay team had a fight on its hands the whole race,” Roth added. “Each of the girls rose to the occasion and swam faster than they ever had, and they finished the night with a bronze medal and a school record.”
The previous top time was 3:22.26 set in 2010.
Junior Claudia Kitching put on a show in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking a season-best time of 2:13.76 in the prelims, shaving nearly two seconds of her entry time of 2:15.30. She went on to earn the bronze medal in the finals with a time of 2:14.13. She collected 16 points in the race for the Mean Green.
Morris posted a career-best time in the 100-yard freestyle prelims, touching the wall in 50.78 seconds, the second-fastest performance in school history Jensen, the school’s 100-yard freestyle record holder, finished eighth (50.87) and Whelan earned the ninth seed at 51.06.
Jensen stole the show in the finals, finishing seventh and breaking her own school record (50.56) with a time of 50.45 in the finals. She earned the Mean Green 12 points for her performance.
Morris’ time of 50.52 was good for eighth, and the second-best performance in school history. Whelan finished ninth in the finals (50.93).
In the 200-yard backstroke prelims, Sienczyk (2:04.15) and senior Ash Stone (2:04.19) garnered the 11th and 12th seed, respectively, advancing to the “B” final. Sienczyk cut nearly a second off her prelim time in the finals, finishing 11th at 2:03.24, while Stone finished 12th with a time of 2:03.91.
Freshman Haley Timmons advanced to the “B” final of the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:06.78. She finished 12th in the finals, touching the wall in 2:06.35, besting her prelim time in the process.
On the boards, junior Cecilia Hernandez became the eighth-best performer in the platform event, posting a score of 188.55, good for eighth place in the prelims and a trip to the “A” final.
Senior Samantha Scheck finished ninth (177.75), while Averie Ruiz (152.75) and Gabryella Silva (143), finished 11th and 12th, respectively. They each advanced to the “B” final.
Hernandez finished eighth in the finals with a score of 171.85.
Barbara Wasilewska finished 13th in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:19.30
“I am very proud of this team's drive and motivation,” Roth added. “Mostly, I am proud of the way this group of girls performed as a team this week at the C-USA Championship.”
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- Freshman Lindsey Blanchard clocked a time of 2:05.51 in the 200-yard backstroke, and sophomore Natalia Kwiatkowska finished in 2:07.80, earning the 15th and 18th place, respectively.
- Junior Caroline Culpepper shaved over five seconds of her season-best time in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking a time of 2:03.87 in the finals.
- Sarah Vaisse finished ninth in the 200-breaststroke finals with a time of 2:17.08, winning the “B” final.