Swimming and Diving split weekend meets in Houston

Swimming and Diving split weekend meets in Houston

Swimming and Diving split weekend meets in Houston
November 02
11:42 2015

Brady Keane | Staff Writer

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After falling to nationally ranked No. 16 Texas A&M a week ago, the North Texas swimming and diving team bounced back this weekend and split two meets in Houston. After falling to Rice University on Friday, the Mean Green defeated the University of Houston for just the fifth time in school history to improve to 2-3 in dual meets this season.

“I’m really happy with how they did,” North Texas swimming head coach Brendon Bray said. “Everybody did well, and we had so many people win events. I’m really happy with how we did and where we are.”

Rice

The Mean Green kicked off the weekend on Friday against Rice and had to adjust to the environment of swimming outside as opposed to the traditional indoor races the team has been used to. Despite the unusual conditions, North Texas finished with two individual wins while coming up short overall by a score of 139-67.

Senior Bianca Bocsa won first place in the 100-yard backstroke and finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, while sophomore Sarah Vaisse added a first place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Additionally, sophomore Isabelle Morris finished with a pair of second place finishes in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle races.

The 400-yard medley relay team of Bocsa, sophomore Claudia Kitching, freshman Kelsey Opiela, and Vaisse finished second, while the 200-yard freestyle team of Morris, senior Michelle Balcaen, freshman Brittany Thurstin, and junior Courtney Connelly added a second place finish.

“I thought Rice got us ready for the ‘final’, which I felt was against Houston,” Bray said. “We had a lot of people step up, and we challenged them to do so.”

Houston

After falling to Rice, the Mean Green started and ended with wins against Houston. North Texas opened the dual meet with a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay and closed it with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

North Texas won 10 of the 16 events in the dual meet to come out on top over Houston by a final score of 164.5-135.5.

“Houston was our best meet in my three years here,” Bray said. “I thought that was just a phenomenal meet. They were all geared up for us, and we overcame that tough environment and did great.”

Freshman Natalia Kwiatkowska finished first in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard IM, and Bocsa finished in first place in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. Both Kwiatkowska and Bocsa posted season best times in each race.

Sophomore Sydney Buckley finished first in the 100-yard butterfly, Kitching added a win in the 200-yard breaststroke, Vaisse took first in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Morris won the 200-yard freestyle.

Additionally, junior Samatha Scheck was the highest-scoring diver in both events against Houston. Scheck placed fourth in the one-meter competition, and fourth in the three-meter competition.

“It gives us a lot of confidence for the next few weeks,” Bray said. “It gives us all the confidence we need to go back and compete in the invitational.”

The Mean Green will be back in action Nov. 19-21 as the swimmers travel to the University of Houston Invitational, and the divers head to Austin for the Texas Diving Invitational.

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