Swimming & Diving Falls To Third In Final Day Of UIW Invite
Groteguth Breaks School Record On Day Three But Mean Green Get Outrun To The Finish
SAN ANTONIO - The North Texas swimming and diving team came into the final day of the UIW Christmas Invite looking to hold onto its second-place standing, but the Mean Green’s two podium finishes on day three weren’t enough to hold off a trailing Incarnate Word squad. North Texas (1,253 points) finished third overall, beating out Houston (971.5) but falling to meet champion Rice (2,273.5) and the hosting Cardinals (1,357).
Mona Groteguth had been the highlight of the weekend for North Texas, and day three was no different. The senior broke her own school record in the 200 backstroke during Sunday’s preliminary round (1:56.20) before taking gold in the final round of that event. Both times were good for NCAA B cuts, bringing her total to six B time standards on the season.
Groteguth brought home the team’s only two victories of the meet, and she played a part in half of the Mean Green’s 14 top-three finishes. She picked up three individual podium times and joined Krista Rossum, Isabelle Morris and Bianca Bocsa on a relay team that claimed two silver medals and two bronze medals over the weekend.
North Texas looked able to make it out alive with the silver finish, but the day’s middle events proved to be costly. Incarnate word jumped ahead of North Texas as the team failed to have any swimmers finish in the 200 breaststroke’s A final. UIW ran away with second place in the meet’s next event, the 200 butterfly, in which no North Texas swimmer received points.
"It wasn’t the ending that we wanted, but I’m proud of how our girls fought through some illness and other tough conditions throughout the weekend” coach Brendon Bray said. “Mona had a ton of great races and our divers had their best meet of the year.”
With the 2014 portion of the schedule behind them, the team now enters the home stretch of their schedule leading up to the conference championships in February. North Texas will next compete in an exhibition matchup with Boise State and San Diego State at 7 a.m. on Jan. 6.
- In their first action in more than a month, North Texas divers put together their best performances of the season. Junior Jasmine Abercrombie and sophomore Samantha Scheck tallied their top scores of the season in each of the three diving events. Abercrombie took third in each, while Scheck was second in the one-meter dive. Freshman diver Cecilia Hernandez also scored a season-best with 184.90 in the one-meter.
- Groteguth’s school record of 1:56.20 in the 200 backstroke is the second-best time in Conference USA this season.
- Senior Chloe Tong and junior Ashley Payne clocked the best times for the Mean Green in the pivotal 200 breast. Tong and Payne finished ninth and tenth, respectively.