Swimming & Diving Begins Regular Season At North Texas Relays
Mean Green To Compete Against Houston, Little Rock, Oklahoma Baptist And SMU
DENTON — Fresh off three exhibition meets, including two this past weekend, the North Texas swimming and diving team begins its regular season when it hosts the North Texas Relays on Friday at the Southlake-Carroll ISD Natatorium in Southlake, Texas.
North Texas will compete against Houston, Little Rock, Oklahoma Baptist and SMU in 10 relay events and on the 1-meter diving boards. The Mean Green won first place at last year’s meet in Southlake, barely edging out Tulane and SMU.
The meet will also be preview of sorts, as North Texas will face each of the other four teams in meets of various formats later this season. The Mean Green will battle Houston in a dual-meet on Oct. 31 and also see the Cougars at the University of Houston Invitational from Nov. 19-21. North Texas will also compete in a double-dual meet against Little Rock on Jan. 16, travel to SMU for a dual meet on Feb. 5 and then race against both SMU and OBU at time trials on Feb. 6 in Southlake.
“We have a lot of good teams competing in this meet,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “SMU has traditionally been one of the best teams in the country, so we’re really happy to have them come. Oklahoma Baptist, as close they are, it’s really good to race with them. Little Rock, in my tenure, we haven’t raced yet, but this year, we swim twice against them. Houston has always been a traditional team that we race all the time. They have a new coach, and he’s going to do a really good job there.”
The Mean Green are coming off a 2014-15 campaign that included a 4-4 dual meet record and a second consecutive fifth-place finish at the Conference USA Championships. North Texas returns 22 letterwinners and welcomes eight newcomers to the program. Among the returners are all-conference performers Bianca Bocsa and Sydney Buckley and a previous Conference USA Diver of the Week in Jasmine Abercrombie.
A strong performance at last year’s relays helped pave the way for a 4-0 start in dual meets, the best start in the program’s 16-year history. This year, the relays are the beginning of a 2015-16 schedule that features dual meets against many top-tier Texas programs and two teams that participated in the NCAA Championships this past March, including a Texas A&M team that finished fourth nationally.
“It’s really fun and it’s competitive,” Bray said. “It’s different, and there’s no other format like it. They are going to do their primary events, but it’s in a relay format. And generally in swimming, you do better when you have relays, so it’s a really fun way to have good experiences. We want to have a lot of positives early in the season to build confidence. And if we do that, it will help us in our dual meet on Oct. 10 and then our big Rice and Houston weekend as well.”
The meet begins at 6 p.m. from the Southlake-Carroll ISD Natatorium in Southlake.
Order of Events:
300 butterfly relay
300 backstroke relay
300 breaststroke relay
800 freestyle relay
500 freestyle Relay
400 medley relay
200 freestyle relay
1500 freestyle relay
400 4x100 IM relay
400 freestyle relay
1 Meter Diving