Mean Green Swimming Finishes Third At Phill Hansel Invitational
Senior Mona Groteguth Picks Up Another Win, B Cut In Day Three
Hansel Invite Complete Results
PEARLAND, Texas - The North Texas swimming team finished third in its second trip to Houston's Phill Hansel Invitational, trumping the hosting Cougars while falling short to Rice and Tulane. The Mean Green leaves Pearland with 13 top-three finishes in 18 events, including two wins each for seniors Krista Rossum and Mona Groteguth
"I'm just really impressed with our girls after this weekend," head coach Brendon Bray said. "This meet is all about gearing up for the conference meet at the end of the year and in that regard we took a huge step forward."
Groteguth was perhaps the most impressive throughout the three-day meet. After winning Saturday's 100 backstroke event with an NCAA B cut, she rounded out day three with a win in the 200 backstroke. Groteguth's time of 1:57.09 in the event's preliminary round and 1:57.13 in the finals round were both good for B time standards, and they were the second- and third-best performances in North Texas history.
Rossum added to her win in the meet's 400 IM by taking first in Sunday's 200 breaststroke race. She leads Conference USA in each of those events.
The weekend proved to be a big one for freshman Isabelle Morris. She picked up a third-place time in the 100 freestyle and a silver finish in the 200 free. In addition, Morris swam on three relay teams that earned podium finishes. Junior Bianca Bocsa, freshman Barbara Wasilewska, and the 200 medley relay team all took top-three finishes, as well.
- Junior Michelle Balcaen has proven to be integral in the team's relay events. She swam on the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams that took third throughout the weekend.
- Bianca Bocsa tied for fourth in day three's 100 freestyle with a time of 51.37.
- Freshman Caroline Culpepper took fourth in the 200 butterfly evert, finishing with a time of 2:03.88.
- The team is off for nearly a month as they prepare for the Incarnate Word Invitational. The three-day meet will kick off on Dec. 19 from San Antonio.