Swimming And Diving Splits Up For Weekend Competitions
Swimmers Travel To Kansas, Divers Head To Houston
DENTON - A busy weekend lies ahead of the North Texas swimming and diving team as the groups will be split up at two events. The divers will participate in the Phill Hansel Invitational, hosted by Houston, and the swimmers will compete at the Kansas Classic.
Phill Hansel Invitational
The Phill Hansel Invitational begins Thursday and concludes Saturday with diving preliminaries at noon each day, followed by a consolation final. The Mean Green make up a nine-school field which includes Conference USA foes Houston and Rice, along with Air Force, Colorado State, Idaho, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Tulane and Vanderbilt.
Freshman Meghan Miller, the C-USA Diver of the Week on Oct. 25, picked up her second collegiate win against then-No. 16 Rice from the three-meter board. She followed it up with a fifth-place finish in the same event against Houston with a score of 237.82, making Miller the 10th-best performer in the event in school history. Miller also took first in the three-meter in a dual meet with Little Rock with a score of 231.00.
The fifth-annual Kansas Classic will take place Friday– Sunday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan. North Texas, Iowa State, Kansas, Little Rock, Northern Iowa and Nebraska-Omaha will compete in 18 events. Preliminaries start at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Finals begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Freestyle swimming will play a large role in the Mean Green's success, as they enter the event with the top seed time (1:35.75) in the 200-yard freestyle relay and top-three times in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:30.83) and 800-yard freestyle relay (7:39.52). North Texas has one win in the 200-yard and two wins in the 400-yard this season.
Freshman Leigh Faires McGee has top-three seed times in the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.30) and 200-yard freestyle (1:51.69) and has a first-place finish in each event this season. Senior Claudia Kitching enters with the fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.37) and the third-fastest in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.69). She has three total wins across both events this season.