Kitching's School-Record Headlines CSCAA National Invitational
Senior Wins 200-Yard Breaststroke With Meet-Record Time
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With 82 team points, the North Texas swimming and diving team took 16th out of 40 teams at the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America National Invitational, which ended Saturday evening at Navy's Lejeune Hall.
Senior Claudia Kitching headlined the event with a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, clocking a meet- and program-record time of 2:12.01. After touching the wall two-tenths of a second slower than Denver's Charlotte Simon in the preliminaries, Kitching cut nearly a second and a half off her prelim time in the championship final.
Kitching also took first in the B final of the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.32. She swam the second leg of the 200-yard medley, which placed 11th with a time of 1:43.22, and the 400-yard medley, which took 16th with a time of 3:47.70.
Senior Isabelle Morris qualified for the B final in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, taking fifth in the 100 free (50.65) and sixth in the 50 free. Junior Brittany Thurstin finished just .17 seconds behind Morris in the 50 free B final to take seventh.
Morris also swam in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays. The 400 free relay took 10th with a time of 3:23.70 and the 800 free relay posted a time of 7:31.20, good enough for 11th. The 200 free relay finished 16th with a time of 1:34.53.
Freshman Leigh Faires McGee, who also swam , finished seventh in the B final of the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.73) and 200-yard freestyle (1:50.20), and she swam in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays.
Senior Sydney Buckley, who swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay, placed eighth in the B final of the 100-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 58.20. At the time, her prelim time of 58.24 broke the meet record.