Mean Green Start 2018 With 126-81 Win Over Incarnate Word
North Texas Improves to 7-0 All-Time Against Cardinals
DENTON - Freestyle performances headlined North Texas swimming and diving's 126-81 victory over Incarnate Word on Monday afternoon. The Mean Green finished first in six freestyle events.
"Our freestylers have been tremendous across the board," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "We've been so stroke-heavy for so long, so it's nice to see them surging right now."
Freshman Leigh Faires McGee accounted for two of the six victories in individual events and swam the final leg of the A relay in the 400-yard freestyle, which took first with a time of 3:32.73. She posted the top times in the 500-yard freestyle (5:05.84) and 1000-yard freestyle (10:23.72). McGee has won the 500-yard freestyle in each of the team's dual meets this season.
"I was a little scared coming into college, but the 500 has been my encourager and my motivator," McGee said.
North Texas finished 1-2-3 in the 200-yard freestyle with Isabelle Morris (1:55.01) taking first, followed by Brittany Thurstin (1:56.35) and Sara Whelan (1:57.76). Morris followed it up with another win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.48.
"Isabelle and Leigh Faires have been tremendous training partners and this past week, they were right in track with each other. I'm not surprised they swam as well as they did today."
In addition to a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.98), sophomore Jowita Sienczyk edged out UIW's Mariana Alves Olguin by two-hundreths of a second to claim first in the 50-yard freestyle. Sienczyk's efforts embodied the team's mentality entering the event: race well and touch the wall first without worrying about times.
"I was surprised," Sienczyk said. "I didn't expect to swim that fast today, so I'm happy."
"She stepped up today," Roth said. "We threw her in some events that she wants to do but doesn't get the chance to. She did a great job rallying."
Thurstin posted a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (57.65) and fellow senior Sarah Vaisse took first in the 200-yard IM (2:08.31).
Freshman Meghan Miller continued to shine in her freshman campaign with a second-place finish in the one-meter dive (243.00) and a third-place finish in the three-meter dive (240.30), both personal bests.
"It was a nice first meet after break," Miller said. "It was nice to see where everyone was at."
Senior Allison Crites took third in the one-meter dive with a score of 219.75, and junior Averie Ruiz took second in the three-meter dive with a score of 260.40.
"They did really well today," diving coach Mark Murdock said. "They're starting to have things click. We had a very productive winter training trip, and this just builded on that."
North Texas hosts TCU for the program's annual Senior Night at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26.
- Leigh Faires McGee posted a career-best time in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:23.72).
- The Mean Green improve to 7-0 all-time against Incarnate Word in dual-meets.
- Jowita Sienczyk also posted a personal-best time in the 50-yard freestyle (25.00).