Swimming & Diving To Open Season Saturday With Annual Alumnae Meet
North Texas Welcomes Back Alumnae For Day Of Competition And Fellowship
DENTON - The North Texas swimming and diving teams opens the 2015-16 with its annual alumnae meet Saturday, the first of three exhibition meets leading up its first regular-season meet at the North Texas Relays, to be held Friday, Oct. 2 in Southlake, Texas.
It’s a homecoming for former North Texas swimmers and divers, including all four alumnae from the 2014-15 team in Mona Groteguth, Krista Rossum, Chloe Tong and Jessica Rodriguez, who now serves as a volunteer assistant for the program.
The event will be also the first opportunity for fans to get a look at this year’s team, a talented group that includes a pair of all-conference performers in senior Bianca Bocsa and sophomore Sydney Buckley, a previous Conference USA Diver of the Week in senior Jasmine Abercrombie, and eight newcomers.
“We’re really excited to have our alumnae back,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “One of the things that we’re really trying to do is to make this alumna meet something that the alumnae can come back and have fun with, and it’s geared toward them. In the past, we had always combined the alumnae meet with the intrasquad meet, but this way, it’s completely dedicated to our alumnae.”
Coaches expect more than 15 alumnae from previous teams to return to campus and compete against members of the current team in 50 meter races in the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle strokes, as well as mixed relays.
“There was a time at the end of past alumna meets when they shared traditions that they had and they talked about things that they used to do,” Bray said. “It builds a lineage, and history is important for your program. And the more that the team they can learn from the alumnae, the better and the more important it can be for them.”
Entering his third season as head coach, Bray looks to build on a 4-4 dual meet record, which included the best start in the program’s 16-year history, and a second consecutive fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championships, and it starts Saturday.
“We want them to race and we want them to be in a situation where they can be competitive with somebody else and start seeing who can step up in these race-type situations,” Bray said. “I’m really happy where we are and we’re doing a great job, and I’m eager to continue on with them.”
The meet begins at 9 a.m. in the Pohl Recreation Center. Admission is free.