Swimming And Diving Takes Second At North Texas Relays
Mean Green Win Two Freestyle Events
LEWISVILLE - The North Texas swimming and diving team took second place with 368 points at the annual North Texas Relays on Friday afternoon. Houston claimed the top spot with 428 points, and SMU finished third with 328 points.
"This team really worked together tonight," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "Relays can bring the best out of athletes."
The freestyle relay team of Brittany Thurstin, Jowita Sienczyk, Isabelle Morris and Emma Beth Jensen won the 500-yard freestyle ladder relay (4:39.47) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.89).
"Our freestyle athletes really rose to the occasion tonight," Roth said.
The Mean Green earned second-place finishes in three other freestyle events, including the 800-yard freestyle relay, in which Thurstin, Morris, Leigh Faires McGee and Sara Whelan clocked in just 0.12 seconds behind Houston.
"We had some really great races tonight," Roth said. "It's always fun when it's close. Sara had an awesome night, and it was so great to see her start to hit her stride this early in the season."
Claudia Kitching, Meaghan Rousset and Sarah Vaisse helped North Texas to a silver-medal finish in the 3x100-yard breaststroke relay with a time of 3:19.28. Kitching and Vaisse also made up a 400-yard individual medley relay team that took second with a time of 3:59.26 and a 400-yard medley relay team that finished third with a time of 3:54.40.
On the boards, Allison Crites led the way for North Texas, finishing fourth in both the one-meter (266.55) and three-meter (319.25) events.
"[Diving coach] Mark Murdock has a solid group of veterns," Roth said, "and with newcomer Meghan Miller, they will definitely be key to our team's success."