Swimming & Diving Takes Second At North Texas Relays
North Texas Wins 300 Yard Backstroke, 300 Yard Breaststroke Relay Events
DENTON – Looking to defend its North Texas Relays title from last season, the North Texas Swimming & Diving team came up just short, placing second with an overall score of 358. SMU won the meet with an overall score of 404, with Houston in third place (314) and Little Rock in fourth place (164).
North Texas started fast with wins in two of the first three events, the 300 yard backstroke relay and the 300 yard breaststroke relay. The two wins were among the highlights from the Mean Green’s first regular-season meet of the 2015-16 season.
“I’m really happy with where we are and that we competed together tonight,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “The divers did a great job, and all of our swimmers were swimming in their primary events, and we had some unexpectedly good times.
“We’re more prepared for the Oct. 10 weekend against Incarnate Word and Liberty. Now, we can digest how we can improve and what we can do differently and better to improve. I’m really happy that all these teams came out to race us. We improved again, which is another step forward from last week. We hope to do that again next time out.”
The team of senior Bianca Bocsa, freshman Natalia Kwiatkowska and junior Ash Stone combined for a first-place time of 2:52.82 in the 300 backstroke relay, while an all-newcomer team of sophomore Claudia Kitching, freshman Kathleen Rousset and freshman Meaghan Rousset combined for a time of 3:18.97 to win the 300 breaststroke relay.
North Texas also claimed second-place finishes in the 800 yard freestyle, 500 yard freestyle, 400 yard medley, 200 yard freestyle and 400 yard 4x100 IM relay races. Their highest-scoring event of the meet was the 300 yard breaststroke relay, which also included a fourth-place finish.
On the boards, the North Texas divers competed against other teams for the first time this season, with the duo of senior Jasmine Abercrombie and sophomore Allison Crites finishing third with a combined score of 382.0, followed by the duo of sophomore Cecilia Hernandez and freshman Averie Ruiz in fourth with a combined score of 352.0.
“It’s a great thing to have some success, when you win some relays,” Bray said. “It’s really going to help our training next week and get us to a point where we’re prepared for our next dual meet. I couldn’t be happier with we are right now. To lose to SMU, and finish as close as we did to SMU, one of the top programs in the country, it’s a good reflection of where we are right now.”
North Texas returns to action next Saturday, when it hosts Incarnate Word and Liberty for a double-dual meet. Swimming action from the Pohl Recreation Center and diving action from the PEB Building will start at 11 a.m.