Swimming And Diving Opens Season With Pentathlon on Friday
Pentathlon Scheduled To Start At 2 P.M.
DENTON -- North Texas swimming and diving fans will get their first glimpse of the 2016 team in its annual exhibition pentathlon meet at Pohl Recreation Center on Friday at 2 p.m. versus TCU and UT Permian Basin.
The first official meet of the 2016 season is the North Texas Relays on Sept. 30 in Lewisville.
Brittany Roth, who was named interim head coach on July 1, takes over the program after spending the three previous season as assistant swim coach to former head coach Brendan Bray who left to Nevada. Mark Murdock returns for his second season as the head diving coach. Roth completed her staff with the addition of Rachel Friel as the assistant swim coach in August.
"I'm really excited for this year's pentathlon. The team has been doing really well and I know they are ready to get back to racing," Roth said. "Giving our student-athletes the opportunity to race with other teams in an exhibition setting allows for them to race without as much pressure as a typical regular season meet. This will be a great stepping stone for the upcoming season."
The pentathlon 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.
North Texas, coming off a fourth-place finish in Conference USA a year ago, has several key athletes returning in 2016, including Sarah Vaisse and Claudia Kitching. Vaisse had the second fastest time in school history in the 100 breast (1:01.75) and the 200 IM (2:01.95) last season. Kitching, who was named Conference USA's Co-Newcomer of the Year, looks to build upon a silver-medal finish in the 200 breaststroke and a bronze-medal finish in the 100 breaststroke in last year's C-USA meet.
Samantha Scheck headlines the returning divers. Scheck posted the top score in the one-and three-meter diving events a season ago. Averie Ruiz, who earned the Freshman Diver of the Year Award, returns for her sophomore season.