Mean Green Remain In Second At Kansas Classic
Swimming Produces Five Top-Three Finishes
HOUSTON/TOPEKA, Kan. - The North Texas swimming and diving team was back in action on Saturday as the swimmers completed day two of the Kansas Classic and the divers participated in the final day of the Phill Hansel Invitational.
Day Two Results
The Mean Green had five top-three finishers on Saturday, including a win for senior Sarah Vaisse in the 100-yard breaststroke. North Texas remained in second place in the event with 530 points, behind Kansas' 716 and ahead of Iowa State with 450.
"Day two was a big day for the team," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "We had a lot of strong performances and great racing which showed the heart and strength of this team."
Vaisse shaved 0.62 seconds off her prelim time in the 100-yard breast final, edging out teammate Claudia Kitching by 0.40 seconds with the ninth-fastest time in school history (1:02.15). Kitching dropped over a second from her prelim time. Vaisse swam the breaststroke portion of hte 200-yard medley relay, helping the A relay to a fourth place finish (1:43.14).
"Claudia and Sarah have been a great 1-2 punch for us," Roth said. "It was fun to see them put up season-best times in the morning and defend their 1-2 standings in the finals by going even faster. This was a great performance for them at this stage of the season."
One of the most notable finishes came in the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly, when junior Brittany Thurstin swam the second-fastest time (55.40). She added 0.32 seconds in her finals performance, clinching fifth place in the event for the freestyle-geared swimmer. Thurstin finished Saturday as the opening leg of the A relay in the 800-yard freestyle relay, finishing second with a time of 7:27.92.
"She raced a 50-fly in a game at practice, and we decided to give it a try at this meet," Roth said. "Prior to her freshman year, she hadn't broken a minute in that race. Today's performance was a culmination of the power and speed work she has been putting in. It's great to see her spread her wings and show her versatility."
Sophomore Jowita Sienczyk, who swam the opening leg of the 200-yard medley relay, participated in six races on Saturday. She took sixth in the 400-yard IM, clocking a time of 4:30.65, and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.79. Sienczyk wrapped up her day as the second leg of the B relay in the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:41.06).
"Jowita is one of our most versatile athletes," Roth said. "She knew she had a lot of racing tonight, so our game plan was to take it one at a time. She handled herself well."
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, senior Isabelle Morris clocked a 1:49.63, good for second place. Freshman Leigh Faires McGee finished just 0.60 seconds back from Morris in third.
Phill Hansel Invitational
Day Three Results
Senior Cecilia Hernandez posted the team's top finish in the platform diving finals, taking ninth with a score of 179.40. Junior Averie Ruiz finished 11th with a score of 174.15, and freshman Meghan Miller finished 13th with a score of 163.25.