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Swimming and diving sets program records at C-USA Championships

Swimming and diving sets program records at C-USA Championships

Kinesiology senior Jasmine Abercrombie practices a dive from a three-meter board during practice. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

Swimming and diving sets program records at C-USA Championships
February 28
17:35 2016

Torie Mosley | Staff Writer

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North Texas swimming and diving finished in fourth at the C-USA Championships after four days of competition in Atlanta, Georgia from Feb 24-27. It was the Mean Green’s best finish at the yearly tournament in school history.

“We made a good statement in our performance in the tournament,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “We were really shooting for the top three, though.”

Freshman Rebekah Bradley set the North Texas record and placed second overall in the 100-yard backstroke event Friday. Bradley then took first place Saturday, winning the gold medal in the 200-yard backstroke, becoming the second-fastest performer in school history.

“Rebekah showed that she’s a really good swimmer,” Bray said. “It’s really exciting to see her perform.”

Sophomore Claudia Kitching also had a good outing for the Mean Green, winning a bronze medal in the 100-yard breaststroke and a silver medal in the 200-yard breaststroke.

“Our young players really did well this week,” Bray said. “We’re a good, young team and played at a high level.”

On Saturday, senior diver Jasmine Abercrombie placed fifth and recorded a school-record score of 207.65 in the “A” final platform diving event. Junior diver Samantha Scheck placed eighth in the event with Abercrombie.

The Mean Green had nine swimmers compete in the “B” finals. Three of the swimmers swam the 100-yard freestyle, and senior Bianca Bocsa won the event with a time of 51.13. The Romanian native said she didn’t expect to win 100 freestyle event after not performing well throughout the tournament until that point.

“I hadn’t had a good meet at all until that race,” Bocsa said. “It felt so great to have my last race as a senior end with my lifetime best time in the 100 freestyle.”

Bocsa said the seniors had a very emotional time competing in their last tournament together.

“I remember crying after my last race when I got out of the pool,” Bocsa said. “All the seniors hugged and enjoyed the moment.”

The good performances by the team’s underclassmen throughout the tournament gives the seniors confidence the team is in good hands, according to Bocsa.

“We moved up to fourth place from fifth place last year, and the younger girls are a lot of the reason,” Bocsa said. “They have the potential to get even better next year.”

The 2015-16 swimming and diving season saw the best C-USA finish in school history, the second-most dual meet wins (7) and the second-best winning percentage (.636) in program history.

Bocsa said she’s proud of the Mean Green’s overall success this season, even if they didn’t finish in the top three as they hoped.

“This program has a lot to look forward to,” Bocsa said. “We didn’t have the perfect year, but sometimes you can’t control the outcome.”

Featured Image: Kinesiology senior Jasmine Abercrombie practices a dive from a three-meter board during practice. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

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