North Texas Heads To SMU For Final Dual Meet
Mean Green Seek First-Ever Win Over Mustangs
DENTON - Looking to complete a metroplex sweep for the first time in program history, the North Texas swimming & diving team heads to Dallas to take on SMU at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center. The matchup concludes the dual-meet portion of the Mean Green's schedule.
"Whenever we race other teams in DFW, we take that pretty seriously," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "SMU's been a top-25 program consistently over the last 10-15 years. Whenever we go up against them, we know we're going against some high-quality competition."
Dating back to 1998, the Mean Green are 0-16 against the Mustangs. In last year's meeting, North Texas recorded some impressive performances, but fell 143-99. Sarah Vaisse picked up the Mean Green's lone individual win in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:03.89. North Texas posted 18 podium-finishes in 13 events.
"It would be a huge vote of confidence as we head into the final stretch and transition into tapering and getting ready for conference," Roth said on defeating SMU for the first time.
In the last three dual meets against SMU, the Mustangs have won by an average score of 135-107, a margin of just 28 points. Roth's squad loves a challenge and close races are a cornerstone of their practices.
"We're going to have to be very gritty," Roth said. "We're in the peak of our training. Our girls are sore and tired. SMU's conference tournament is a week earlier than ours, so they're going to be a little more rested than we are. These are going to be challenges for us, but it doesn't mean we can't overcome them."
The Mean Green are coming off a dominant 202-98 senior night victory over TCU on Friday, their third straight over the Horned Frogs. North Texas touched the wall first in 14 of the 16 events, led by Jowita Sienczyk, who accounted for two solo wins and two relay victories. Freshman freestylist Leigh Faires McGee continued her dominant rookie campaign with three wins, including a personal-best time of 10:20.14 in the 1000-free.
"Our girls are in a really good position," Roth said. "They've been swimming fast and this is another opportunity where we can rise to the challenge and get in some great swims before we head into conference."
The team will remain in Dallas on Saturday for their annual pre-conference time trial at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center before heading to Atlanta for the 2018 Conference USA Swimming & Diving Championships from Feb. 21-24.