Swimming & Diving Falls On The Road At Texas A&M
Several Swimmers Set Season And Team Bests In College Station
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The North Texas swimming and diving team hit the road for its first true road meet of the season, traveling to College Station to take on Texas A&M, a team ranked No. 16 in the nation, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
The Mean Green (1-2) picked up nine second-place finishes and 11 third-place finishes, as well as a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, in College Station but they were no match for the nationally-ranked Aggies (2-0), coming up short by a score of 180-110 on Friday afternoon.
"I was really pleased with all the personal bests and team bests that came out of the meet for our girls," head coach Brendon Bray said. "We improved quite by a bit from our previous meets and we controlled what we could control, which was the way we swam in our lanes. We're going to be ready to go for Rice and Houston next weekend."
Second-place individual finishers for North Texas included senior Bianca Bocsa in the 100-yard freestyle, senior Sarah Manning in the 200-yard backstroke, and sophomore Claudia Kitching in the 200-yard breaststroke, as well as sophomore Barbara Wasilewska in the 500-yard freestyle, freshman Kelsey Opiela in the 100-yard butterfly, and freshman Natalia Kwiatkowska in the 400-yard IM.
On the boards, the reigning Conference USA Diver of the Week, senior Jasmine Abercrombie, posted a season-best score of 245.93 to place second in the three-meter competition. In the one-meter competition, junior Samantha Scheck took second with a score of 233.03.
In all, several swimmers set season bests and team bests in the meet, ahead of a pair of road dual meets at Rice and Houston next weekend to wrap up a busy two-week stretch for the team.
- Friday’s meet in College Station marked the 16th meeting all-time between the two teams, with the Aggies remaining unbeaten in the series with a 16-0 record.
- Sophomore Barbara Wasilewska and senior Haley Goertz posted season-best times in both the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle races.
- Sophomore Caroline Culpepper posted a season-best time of 2:06.90 in the 200-yard butterfly.
- Senior Sarah Manning (2:07.12) and freshman Natalia Kwiatkowska (2:07.35) each posted a season-best time in the 200-yard backstroke.
- Sophomore Claudia Kitching posted a season-best time of 2:18.62 to earn a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke.
- Freshman Kelsey Opiela (58.66), sophomore Sydney Buckley (58.89) and freshman Ashley Payne (1:00.01) each posted a season-best time in the 100-yard butterfly.
- Competing in the 400 yard individual medley as a team for the first time this season, freshman Natalia Kwiatkowska clocked a team-best time of 4:39.03 to place second in the event.
North Texas returns to the pool for a pair of road dual meets, starting with Rice on Friday, Oct. 30.