North Texas Swimming And Diving Narrowly Falls To Rice On Friday Afternoon
Mean Green Host Houston Tomorrow At Noon
North Texas vs. Rice Results
DENTON - The North Texas swimming and diving team fell to Rice 155.5 to 138.5 in a dual meet on Friday afternoon at the Pohl Recreation Center, marking its first head-to-head loss of the season.
"We know that Rice is a huge force in Conference USA," interim head coach Brittany Roth said. "The message we have been telling our girls all week is that you stand up and don't back down to the challenge. I am so proud of how they swam today. They didn't back down and when things didn't go their way, they stood back up and went after it."
The Mean Green secured seven first-place finishes, including the 400 medley relay, comprised of Jowita Sienczyk, Sarah Vaisse, Kelsey Opiela and Emma Beth Jensen, with a time on 3:50.80.
Vaisse wasn't finished though, and she would claim another victory in the 100 breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:03.47.
Jensen would also go on to claim an individual victory in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.97.
Isabelle Morris secured another top finish for the Mean Green, with a season-best time of 1:52.04 in the 200 freestyle.
Freshman Haley Timmons' season-best time of 2:07.92 in the 200-yard butterfly secured her first individual collegiate victory.
"We want to look at the results and celebrate the highs and take a look at how we did it, so we can do it better our next time out," added Roth. "That is our goal every time we go out to swim is how we can do it better next time."
On the diving side, Averie Ruiz and Allison Crites logged season highs on the one-meter board. Ruiz posted a score of 232.88 and Crites logged a score of 223.73, respectively. Ruiz also claimed the top spot on the three-meter board with a score of 217.88.
The North Texas 200 freestyle relay time comprised of Morris, Jensen, Vaisse, and Courtney Connelly finished second with a time of 1:35.90, .05 seconds slower than Rice's relay team
Rice entered the week ranked as the No. 30 team in college swimming
Up Next For North Texas
The Mean Green will return to the pool to face Houston on Saturday at noon at the Pohl Recreation Center. Diving will be held at PEB.