Swimming and Diving Set To Begin C-USA Championship In Atlanta
Meet Runs Wednesday-Saturday
DENTON – The North Texas swimming and diving team is set to begin the 2017 Conference USA Championship meet hosted at Georgia Tech’s McCauley Aquatic Center in Atlanta on Wednesday. The final day of competition will be Saturday.
The Mean Green will swim its first C-USA Championship meet under interim head coach Brittany Roth, and look to improve on their program-best fourth-place showing since joining C-USA a season ago.
“The C-USA Championship is what our team has had its eye on all year,” Roth said. “We train day in and day out with our sights of performing our best at this meet. They have an energy about them that makes everyone around them excited to be a part of this team.”
Wednesday will not have a prelim round, but finals will start at 4:30 p.m. For the rest of the week, the prelim rounds will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a 6 p.m. finals.
North Texas boats a trio of juniors who rank in the top-three of times set among C-USA swimmers this season.
Sarah Vaisse holds the No. 2 spot in the 100-yard breaststroke with a NCAA “B”-cut time of 1:01.38 and the third slot in both the 200-yard breast (2:16.14) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.68). Isabelle Morris sits in third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.14).
Claudia Kitching, who won the silver medal in the 200-yard breaststroke at last season’s C-USA championship meet, owns the second-fastest time in the event this season with a time of 2:15.30, good for an NCAA “B”-cut. She also secured a bronze medal in the 100-yard breaststroke last year.
Vaisse and Kitching will look to best their NCAA “B”-cut times in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships in March.
All of those times were set at the Phill Hansel Invite in Houston from Nov. 18-20.
As for its relay teams, North Texas posted the third-quickest time of any 200-yard medley relay team, clocking a time of 1:42.24 at the Phill Hansel Invite.
Mikaela Cornelissen, who joined the team in January, will make her North Texas-debut at the C-USA Championship, having received her NCAA clearance to compete on Monday. The freshman from Australia will swim the freestyle and fly events for the Mean Green.
“This group has been working together all season, and I'm eager to see the team embody their #GUNSOUT mentality,” Roth added.
The C-USA Championship meet will be streamed on ESPN3, and live stats will be available for each day of competition.