Kitching, Ruiz Lay Claim To Postseason Swim Superlative Awards
Kitching Named Co-Newcomer Of The Year, Ruiz Named Freshman Diver Of The Year
IRVING — The awards and honors continue to roll in from one of the most successful season in school history for the North Texas swimming & diving program.
On the heels of a program-best fourth-place finish at the Conference USA Championships, Claudia Kitching was named Conference USA Co-Freshman of the Year, and Averie Ruiz was named Conference USA Freshman Diver of the Year, as selected by a vote of the league’s six coaches.
Kitching, a sophomore from Antibes, France, earned all-conference honors in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, placing second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:13.18 and finishing third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.88, just missing the NCAA Championship cuts by 2.29 seconds and 1.22 seconds, respectively.
She posted seven NCAA B time standards, five in the 200 breaststroke and two more in the 100 breaststroke. She is also the second-fastest performer in school history in the 200 breaststroke and the third-fastest performer in school history in the 100 breaststroke.
Ruiz, a freshman from Lubbock, finished on the podium, finishing third at SMU in the 1-meter event (225.90) and also finishing third against Incarnate Word and Liberty in the 3-meter event (220.95).
Competing at the Conference USA Championships, she posted scores of 213.70 (1M, 13th place), 209.35 (3M, 12th place) and 155.0 (platform, 11th place). Her score in the platform competition makes her the sixth-best performer in the event in school history.
2016 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Superlative Awards
Swimmer of the Year: Naomi Ruele, FIU
Diver of the Year: Rebecca Quesnel, FIU
Freshman Swimmer of the Year: Naomi Ruele, FIU
Freshman Diver of the Year: Averie Ruiz, North Texas
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Claudia Kitching, North Texas; Jessica Piper, FIU