Swimming and Diving Begin 2017 In California

Jan. 5, 2017

DENTON – With the 2016 part of the schedule in the books, the North Texas swimming and diving team opens the 2017 slate in California for competitions this weekend.

The Mean Green, in their first year under interim head coach Brittany Roth, enter 2017 ranked No. 31 for mid-major programs by College Swimming, up two spots from their last ranking in 2016.

The diving team heads to the Spieker Aquatics Center on the campus of UCLA to dive against UCLA, Kansas and Boise State on Friday at 2 p.m. North Texas’ swimming team will compete in a double-dual meet against San Diego and Kansas in the San Diego Shootout on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Sports Center Pool on the campus of USD.

Last season, the Mean Green secured their second-straight victory in the San Diego Shootout, defeating San Diego 62-48.

The swimming and diving team has been in California all week for winter training, but neither squad has seen competition in a while. North Texas’ diving team last competed in the Texas Diving Invitational on Nov. 20, and the swimmers rounded out 2016 in the Christmas Invitational hosted by the University of the Incarnate Word on Dec. 17.

The Mean Green had a lot of high points in 2016, including sending four athletes (Sarah Vaisse, Jowita Sienczyk, Emmabeth Jensen and Claudia Kitching) to the USA Winter Nationals in Atlanta for the first time in program history. Vaisse made North Texas history in Atlanta, becoming the first swimmer to win a Winter Nationals finals heat as a member of the Mean Green. Vaisse (1:01.94) secured a first-place finish in the C heat of the 100 breaststroke.

Additionally, two North Texas records fell in 2016 as Vaisse broke the 100-yard breaststroke record (1:01.38) and Jensen etched her name atop the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.56. Both of those records were broken at the Phill Hansel Invite.

Kitching earned her first NCAA B standard of the season, clocking a time of 2:15.30 in the 200-yard breaststroke. The B standard is 2:15.99.

Diver Averie Ruiz claimed her first Conference USA Diver of the Week honor on November 1 after placing first in the one-and three-meter board events in a dual meet against C-USA foe Rice. Her score of 232.88 on the one-meter board stands as a season high for the sophomore.

Diving’s Order of Events
Three-meter board
One-meter board

Swimming's Order of Events
400 Medley relay 
1000 free 
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Prelims of the 50's 
50 fly
50 back
50 breaststroke
50 freestyle
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200 freestyle
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50 Semi Finals 
50 fly
50 back
50 breaststroke
50 free
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200 IM 
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50 Finals 
50 fly
50 back
50 breaststroke
50 free
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400 free relay 


 

 

 

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