North Texas Soars Past Houston, Falls To No. 7 Texas A&M

Senior Mona Groteguth won the 200 backstroke on Friday, claiming the team's only win of the day.
Oct. 31, 2014

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DENTON - The North Texas swimming and diving team was split in a Halloween-day double dual at the Pohl Recreation Center, beating Houston but falling to a nationally-ranked Texas A&M squad.

Senior Mona Groteguth led the way for the Mean Green, claiming the team's only top finish in the 200 backstroke. North Texas concluded the day with five top-three finishes.

Head coach Brendon Bray knew what to expect out of a championship-caliber Texas A&M team that begins the season ranked in the nation's top ten. The real story was in the Mean Green's win over Houston. North Texas dominated the Cougars, beating them in all but three events on the day. The victory marks just the fourth time that North Texas has beaten the team in 20 all-time meetings. Bray said that the team was aware of their all-time record against Houston as they prepared for Friday's meet.

"You get better when you beat teams that you haven't beaten in the past and in that regard we really took a step forward today," Bray said. "Coach Rich and his staff are doing a great job at UH and we know they are a team that will continue to improve."

With the win, North Texas moves to 2-1 on the season, matching last year's win total. They now prepare for tomorrow's matchup with conference foe Rice. Start time from Denton is set for 11 a.m. in the Pohl Recreation Center.

Quick Hits:

  • Groteguth's first place time of 2:00.81 in the 200 back is currently the fastest in Conference USA.
  • With her second place finish in the 400 IM (4:27.36), senior Krista Rossum now owns the top two conference times for that event.
  • The 400 medley relay team of Mona Groteguth, Krista Rossum, Sydney Buckley and Lauren Tidwell claimed the second-best conference time in that event (3:52.17).
  • Texas A&M broke four Pohl Recreation Center records on Friday. The Lady Aggies now own eleven Pohl records. 



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