North Texas Swimming and Diving Falls Just Short On Saturday
Houston Earns A 160-140 Victory Over The Mean Green
North Texas vs. Houston Results
DENTON – The North Texas swimming and diving team dropped another closely contested meet to the Houston Cougars, 160-140, on Saturday at the Pohl Recreation Center.
In total, North Texas secured seven first-place finishes in the 16 event meet.
“On paper, teams count us out based on the results to this point in the season,” interim head coach Brittany Roth said. “Our girls take on this underdog mentality and they really thrive when teams discount them. They rise to the challenge and go after it.”
Right out of the gate, the Mean Green were ready to go, securing a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The relay team comprised of Jowita Sienczyk, Sarah Vaisse, Kelsey Opiela and Emma Beth Jensen finished with a time of 1:45.33 to secure the top spot.
North Texas went onto sweep the relay events, winning the 200-yard freestyle relay as well. The relay team comprised of Vaisse, Jensen, Sienczyk and Isabelle Morris clocked a time of 1:36.65 to edge the Houston relay team (1:37.31).
“It takes some unique personalities to get up for a relay,” Roth added. “Those are the kinds of athletes that get up and perform for other people. They want to win for the team and we have a really talented group of swimmers who compete on our relay teams.”
Morris shined throughout the meet for the Mean Green, securing three individual victories on Saturday. She claimed her second victory of the weekend in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:53.56. Morris also finished with the top times in the 50-yard freestyle (24.37) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.12).
Vaisse once again dominated the field in the 100-yard breaststroke, claiming her third victory of the season in the event with a time of 1:04.03, over a full second ahead of the Houston swimmer who finished with a time of 1:05.22.
Claudia Kitching secured her first win of the afternoon in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking a time of 2:19.56. This was her second victory of the season in the event, as she secured the top spot in the Little Rock Invitational as well.
Jensen, who secured victories as a member of each relay team, finished second in her other event, the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 24.38, a split second behind Morris' winning time of 24.37.
On the diving side, North Texas secured the third, fourth and fifth spots in both the one and three-meter boards.
In the one meter event, Samantha Scheck secured the Mean Green’s highest score of 231. Averie Ruiz (225.23) and Gabryella Silva (210.38) took fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the three-meter board, Silva (231.83) and Allison Crites (219.38) each recorded a new personal best in the event. Silva’s score was good for third and Crites finished fourth.
“It went pretty well for us today,” diving coach Mark Murdock said. Our divers are showing more consistency through each of their dives and Gabby and Allison really stepped up on the three-meter board. That helped us out today.”
North Texas' record now sits at 0-2 in dual meets.
• North Texas had an athlete finish in the top three in all 16 events today
• Sydney Buckley finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.68
• The relay team of Courtney Connelly, Buckley, Katie Moore ad Abbie Imes took third in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.50.
• Barbara Wasilewska finished third in the 1000-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 10:41.75 in the event
• The 200-yard freestyle relay victory for Vaisse, Jensen, Sienczyk and Morris was the second of the season for them
Up Next For North Texas
The Mean Green diving team will return to action for the Texas Diving Invitational beginning on Nov. 17 and concluding on Nov. 19 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin. The swim team will compete in the Phil Hansel Invitational that same weekend in Houston.