Swimming And Diving Hosts Annual Pentathalon Friday
Mean Green Get First Taste of Action in 2017-18
DENTON - The North Texas swimming and diving team begins the 2017-18 campaign in its annual exhibition pentathalon meet at Pohl Recreation Center at 2 p.m. Friday. The Mean Green square off against TCU and UT-Permian Basin.
The event will feature five teams: North Texas' women's team, UTPB's men's and women's teams and TCU's men's and women's teams, competing in the 100-yard butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley.
"I think it's a really great way for our girls to get back into racing," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "They've been working really hard and looking great in practice."
Roth, who was named the permanent head coach of the program on April 11, enters her fifth season at North Texas after spending three seasons as an assistant coach and one year as the interim head coach in 2016-17. Mark Murdock returns for his third season as the head diving coach, and assistant coach Rachel Friel, in her second season, rounds out the coaching staff.
The Mean Green, who matched their highest finish (fourth) at the Conference USA Championship a year ago, return 22 letterwinners, including 14 of the team's top individual performers. North Texas had six members medal in three different events at the conference championships, highlighted by the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Sara Whelan, Jowita Sienczyk, Isabelle Morris and Emmabeth Jensen, who took third place and broke the school record with a time of 3:21.58.
"They already know and trust one another," Roth said on the large amount of returners. "This is a determined bunch with big goals. They've taken it upon themselves to understand each person's role in making those goals happen. They've come in more on a mission this year."
Seniors Claudia Kitching and Sarah Vaisse also garnered third-team all-conference honors with bronze-medal finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley, respectively.
Senior Cecilia Hernandez headlines the returning divers. The Mission, Texas, native secured the highest finish of any North Texas diver in the three-meter dive at the C-USA Championship with a score of 218.40, good for ninth place. Hernandez also became the fifth-best performer in school history with a score of 188.55 on the platform at the conference championship.