Swimming And Diving Completes Busy Day Of Competition

Nov. 19, 2016

Phill Hansel Invitational Day One Results

HOUSTON - The North Texas swimming team completed day one of the Phill Hansel Invite, sending 10 athletes to the final round of competition.

"Our first day of the Phill Hansel Invite was one of the best day one showing our team has had in my four seasons here," interim head coach Brittany Roth said. "Every single one of our girls either swam a season-best or a career-best time and that is what we want to see in November as our girls were chasing and beating their times from last years Conference USA Championship."

The strongest showing of the morning events was the 50 freestyle. North Texas sent five athletes to the finals, highlighted by Emmabeth Jensen's time of 23.48. Brittany Thurstin (23.79), Isabelle Morris (23.86), Kelsey Opiela (24.06) and Courtney Connelly (24.07) also clocked times good enough for a spot in the finals.

In the finals, Jensen swam a time of 23.21, tying the fifth-best mark in program history, en route to a second-place finish, the highest for a North Texas swimmer on day one.

"Emmabeth has really stepped forward, and as she's made adjustments to short course yards," Roth added. "She has come through in key moments and her second-place finish was the highlight of the night."

Thurstin (23.54) bested her prelim time, setting a new season best, finishing 18th in the event.



Sara Whelan (4:57.25), Barbara Wasilewska (4:58.67) and Katie Moore (5:02.36) all qualified for the finals with Whelan clocking a season-best time in the event.

Whelan had the strongest showing of the group in the finals, finishing 15th with a time of 4:57.80. Wasilewska (4:58.23) and Moore (5:00.30) finished 18th and 29th, respectively.

Sarah Vaisse clocked a time of 2:02.68 in the 200 IM, her fastest of the season, to secure the fifth-place spot heading into the finals. She finished eighth in the finals with a time of 2:04.03.

"Sarah's first swim in the prelims was the most relaxed and effortless swim that I have seen from her," explained Roth. "It makes the future bright for her racing."

Jowita Sienczyk also qualified for the final round with a time of 2:05.00, and bested that with a time of 2:04.69 in the finals, a career best for the freshman.

"We still have two more days of racing, but I'm excited with how the girls have stepped forward thus far."

North Texas' diving team had another tough day at the UT Diving Invitational, as it didn't have a diver qualify for the final round for the second-straight day.

"Today didn't go as well as we hoped," diving coach Mark Murdock said. "The girls faced a few issues that many divers face in competition and learned how to handle such adversity. Averie Ruiz did have a solid day as she led the way, stayed calm and relaxed while letting her training take over."

Ruiz finished with the highest score for the Mean Green, logging a combined total of 216.35 on the one-meter board.

"Tomorrow will be our first time competing on platform this season, so the door is open for someone to step up," Murdock added.


Quick Hits

  • Vaisse clocked the fifth-fastest time (2:02.68) in the 200 IM preliminary round
  • Meaghan Rousset logged a time of 2:10.16 in the 200 IM, over five seconds quicker than her previous high (2:15.40)
  • Senior Abbie Imes registered a time of 24.62 in the 50 free, marking a season high
  • Emmabeth Jensen's time of 23.48 in the 50 free fell .07 seconds short of the 10th fastest time in program history
  • Thurstin's time of 23.52 matched her quickest time as a member of the Mean Green
  • North Texas' 200 IM relay team comprised of Jensen, Morris, Vaisse and Thurstin finished eighth with a time of 1:34.23
  • Allison Crites (188.85), Samantha Scheck (175.05), Gabryella Silva (164.30) and Jordan Ransom (149.10) also competed in the one-meter board event


Up Next For North Texas


The North Texas swimming team will continue the Phill Hansel Invitational tomorrow at 10 a.m., while the divers will complete the UT Diving Invitational at 12:45 p.m.

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