Year in Review: A Look Back At The 2015-16 Season
Mean Green Placed Fourth At Conference Championships
The North Texas swimming and diving team recently completed one of the most successful seasons in school history, having placed fourth at the Conference USA Championships, the best team finish since joining the league for the 2013-14 season.
Freshman Rebekah Bradley earned all-conference honors in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke, including a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke that is the first for the program since joining the league. Sophomore Claudia Kitching also earned all-conference honors in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. The duo combined for 15 NCAA B time standards in those four events.
Two more school records fell during the 2015-16 season, as Bradley set the school record in the 100 backstroke (53.13) at the Conference USA Championships and senior Jasmine Abercrombie set the school record in the platform diving competition (207.65), also at the Conference USA Championships.
The Mean Green also finished with the second-most dual meet wins (7-4) and second-best winning percentage (.636) in school history. The highlight of the dual-meet portion of the schedule was a 180-120 win over Metroplex rival TCU on Senior Day. North Texas never trailed in the meet, winning each of the first 10 swimming events and winning 12 of the 16 events overall. North Texas improved to 7-3 in dual meets for the season, its best start in school history, and the win over TCU was just the fourth in 23 meetings all-time.
The program claimed three Conference USA Swimmer of the Week and two Conference USA Diver of the Week awards, including a sweep of the season's final awards. Bradley also became the second repeat honoree in school history, joining Krista Rossum, who performed the feat during the 2014-15 season. Other honorees included sophomore Sarah Vaisse in the pool and senior Jasmine Abercrombie and junior Samantha Scheck on the boards. Scheck was also one of 13 swimmers and divers selected to the 2016 Conference USA All-Academic Team.
Outside of the pool, North Texas received the Spring Scholar All-America Team Award for having one of the top GPA's in the nation in Division I women's swimming and diving for the third straight season. In the fall semester of 2015, the North Texas women combined to record a 3.55 team grade average, tied for 15th nationally among Division I programs that earned Scholar All-America honors, first among schools in Texas and second among Conference USA schools.