North Texas In Second After Day One Of Kansas Classic
Thurstin, Vaisse, Morris Shine On Big Stage
HOUSTON/TOPEKA, Kan. - The North Texas swimming and diving team's busy slate was in full swing on Friday with the swimmers beginning the Kansas Classic and the divers completing their second day of the Phill Hansel Invitational.
Day One Results
Every Mean Green swimmer finished with a season-best time and North Texas claimed a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay on the opening day of the Kansas Classic. The Mean Green finished the day with 228 points, which was second to Kansas' 305.
"Today was a lot of fun," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "In a three-day meet, every session matters, and our ladies made the most of the first session this morning to put themselves in a great position for the evening's finals."
Junior Brittany Thurstin began the string of successful performances with the opening leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay, helping the group to a winning time of 1:33.09, the second-fastest in school history. She followed it up with a third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking a 23.17, the fastest of her career and fourth-fastest in program history.
"Brittany has shown that she is on a mission this season," Roth said. "She swam the 50-free three times today, and she was able to finish the night with her fastest time to date."
After posting the top time in the prelims of the 200-yard IM, Sarah Vaisse finished nearly a second faster in the finals, but finished second behind Northern Iowa's Katie Taylor. Vaisse swam the opening leg of the A-relay that took third with a time of 3:45.98, the ninth-fastest time in school history.
"Sarah Vaisse is showing her versatility and understanding of her best racing," Roth said. "We analyzed her race plan from the morning and had her make some adjustments, and she was able to finish stronger than she has all season."
Senior Isabelle Morris, who was instrumental in the 200-yard freestyle relay with the fastest split (22.74), anchored the B-relay that finished fifth in the 400-yard medley relay (3:46.89).
"Isabelle proved that she is a clutch swimmer who can rise up to the occasion," Roth said.
Freshman Leigh Faires McGee continued to impress in her rookie campaign, shaving just over a second off her prelim time in the 500-yard freestyle finals, the first time she's ever swam the event twice in one day. She finished with the fifth-fastest time (4:57.06). McGee anchored the A-relay in the 400-yard medley relay and swam the B-relay's fastest split (23.27) in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Phill Hansel Invitational
Day One Results
Day Two Results
Freshman Meghan Miller earned the team's best finish in Thursday's one-meter dive, finishing ninth with a score of 235.65, and in Friday's three-meter dive, finishing 11th with a score of 238.60. Her score in the three-meter dive topped her previous season-high of 237.82. Junior Averie Ruiz took 12th in both events with a 236.90 in the three-meter and 212.60 in the one-meter.