Mean Green Claim Four Of Five Events In Pentathlon
North Texas Claims Six of Top Eight Total Times
DENTON - Sarah Vaisse led the way as the North Texas swimming and diving team began the season Friday at its annual pentathlon. Vaisse finished with a total time of 4:59.57, the only total time under five minutes, and posted the top time in the 100-yard individual medley (59.33).
"I told the team today before we started racing to just have fun," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "They've really jumped in on making sure we are UNT-focused rather than individual-focused. As long as it's a UNT cap touching the wall first, that's what we're looking for."
The pentathlon featured two other schools, the TCU Horned Frogs and the UT-Permian Basin Falcons, competing in the 100-yard butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley.
The Mean Green claimed the top spot in four of the five events and had six members finish in the top eight on the day. Sophomore Jowita Sienczyk and senior Claudia Kitching recorded the fastest times in the backstroke (58.47) and breaststroke (1:04.69), respectively. Vaisse took second place in each of those events.
"This is her meet. She defended the title again," Roth said. "Now she can put that little feather in her cap."
Newcomer Leigh Faires McGee made her North Texas debut by swimming the fastest time of the day in the 100-yard freestyle (53.15). Junior Brittany Thurstin and senior Sydney Buckley also placed in the top 10 as well.
The Mean Green are back in the pool next friday for the North Texas Relays in Lewisville, Texas, beginning at 4 p.m.
- Friday's pentathlon marked Roth's first event as the program's permanent head coach.
- For the third straight year, Vaisse posted the top total time in the pentathlon.