North Texas In First Place After Day Of Competition At UIW Invite
Mean Green Competes In First Day Of Three-Day Meet
DENTON -- The North Texas swimming and diving closed out the 2015 calendar year in style, finishing in first place after its first and only day of competition at the Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational in San Antonio.
North Texas collected two wins on the day, taking first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard individual medley. The Mean Green will not be participating in the second and third days of competition at the three-day meet.
The relay team of sophomore Isabelle Morris, senior Bianca Bocsa, sophomore Sarah Vaisse and junior Courtney Connelly combined for a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.21, the second-fastest time by a North Texas relay team in the event this season.
Vaisse also won first place in the 200-yard individual medley with a season-best time of 2:02.97. Freshman Natalia Kwiatkowska also posted a season-best time, placing fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:58.18. Senior Bianca Bocsa, after posting the fastest preliminary time (23.82), finished in third place in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.76.
And then in the final event of the day, the relay team of Bocsa, Vaisse, sophomore Caroline Culpepper and Morris placed second in the 400-yard medley with a time of 3:49.97, the second-fastest time by a North Texas relay team in the event this season.
- This marked the third time that North Texas has participated in the Incarnate Word Invitational, which included a first-place finish in 2012.
- North Texas and Houston have now met in the pool four times this season, with North Texas edging out Houston in three of the four meets.
- North Texas edged Rice for the first time in three meets this season. They will meet for a fourth and final time in the C-USA Championships next spring.
- Sarah Vaisse's time of 2:02.97 in the 200-yard individual medley is the third-fastest by a swimmer in Conference USA this season
- With the first-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 200 yard individual medley, North Texas has collected 24 individual wins and eight relays wins for a total of 32 wins this season.
After the holiday break, the swimmers travel to San Diego, where they will compete in a series of meets, starting with the University of San Diego Shootout on Friday, Jan. 8. The divers will also head to California for training at UCLA, before returning to competition for a double-dual meet against UALR and Southern Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 16.