North Texas Heads To San Antonio For Final Meet Of 2015

Claudia Kitching
Dec. 17, 2015

DENTON -- With the end of fall classes and final exams, the North Texas swimming and diving team returns to the pool for its final meet of 2015. The swimmers will be competing in the first day of the three-day Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational at the Palo Alto College Aquatics Center in San Antonio.

"We decided to enter only the first day of this year's Christmas Invitational in San Antonio,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “The purpose of what we are doing is to finish up the fall part of the season with one day of great racing. Most of the swimmers will compete in one of the day's prelim events, compete in a time trial event and also compete in finals and a relay.

“So it is a lot of racing in one day and will help us by finishing the semester on a high note and give us further information for selecting our conference team at the end of the year. We didn’t enter this meet to compete in the team scoring; it is more to just do a day of prelim/final races and relays. The team will then be off for the next week and a half before we come back for training camp and our travel trip to San Diego in 2016.”

Sophomore Claudia Kitching, who holds two NCAA B time standards in the 200-yard breaststroke, boasts Conference USA’s fastest time (2:13.51) and four of the six fastest times in the event. Fellow sophomore Caroline Culpepper and Sarah Vaisse also enter the weekend with the league’s fastest times in the 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively.

North Texas, ranked No. 44 in College Swimming’s mid-major team rankings, will take on two familiar in-state rivals that are also ranked in the mid-major team rankings in No. 13 Rice and No. 24 Houston, in addition to host Incarnate Word.

This is the third time where North Texas has participated in the Incarnate Word Invitational, winning first place in 2012 and finishing third place in 2014. North Texas also has familiarity with all three teams competing in the meet.

Friday’s day of competition marks the fourth and final meet this season between North Texas and Houston and the third of four meets between North Texas and Rice. North Texas also previously faced host Incarnate Word in a double-dual meet earlier this season.

After the holiday break, the swimmers travel to San Diego, where they will compete in a series of meets, starting with the University of San Diego Shootout on Friday, Jan. 8. The divers will also head to California for training at UCLA, before returning to competition for a double-dual meet against UALR and Southern Illinois on Saturday, Jan. 16.

Order of Events:
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 IM
50 Freestyle
400 Medley Relay



North Texas Mean Green