North Texas Takes Second Behind Kansas, Ahead Of Iowa State
Vaisse, McGee Named To All-Invite Team
TOPEKA, Kan. - The North Texas swimming team completed the final day of the Kansas Classic Saturday afternoon. The Mean Green finished second with 769.5 points, ahead of Iowa State and behind Kansas.
"I'm really pleased with our performance this weekend," North Texas head coach Brittany Roth said. "The team definitely rose to the occasion and raced well. To finish second in the mix of Big 12 schools gives our girls confidence as we head into the back half of the season."
Senior Claudia Kitching headlined day three with a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, her third win in the event this season. Kitching swam a 2:14.02, shaving off 0.38 seconds off her prelim time.
"This weekend was a great step forward for Claudia as she continues to progress toward her goal times," Roth said. "I'm excited to see her put that race together in Columbus at Winter Nationals in a couple weeks."
The Mean Green had top three finishes in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly from seniors Isabelle Morris and Caroline Culpepper, respectively. Morris tied the school record with a 50.45 in the 100-free final, good enough for second. Culpepper took third in the 200-fly with a time of 2:03.15.
"Our seniors definitely brought their A game this weekend," Roth said. "Isabelle had an awesome meet. She has a lot of grit and heart. Caroline is showing that she's back and stronger than ever. She's been such a tremendous captain and an example for the team."
Kansas Classic All-Invite Team
Jenny Nusbaum, Kansas
Haley Downey, Kansas
Mary Kate Luddy, Iowa State
Haley Ruegemer, Iowa State
Sarah Vaisse, North Texas
Leigh Faires McGee, North Texas
NaeNae Hadford, Omaha
Becca Martini, Omaha
Tori Fryar, Little Rock
Nuria Gallego Murcia, Little Rock
Katie Taylor, Northern Iowa
Crystal Florman, Northern Iowa
Seniors Sarah Vaisse and Claudia Kitching will represent North Texas at the USA Winter Nationals from Nov. 29-Dec.2. in Columbus, Ohio.