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Swimming and Diving team yields mixed results against Texas A&M

Swimming and Diving team yields mixed results against Texas A&M

October 24
13:54 2015

Torie Mosley | Staff Writer

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North Texas swimming and diving traveled to College Station Friday, Oct. 23 to compete against an elite Texas A&M squad ranked 16th in the nation, according to CollegeSwimming.com.

In a 180-110 losing fashion, the Mean Green swam for nine second-place finishes and 11 third-place finishes with its one victory taking place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Seniors Bianca Bocsa and Sarah Manning, sophomores Claudia Kitching and Barbara Wasilewska, and freshmen Kelsey Opiela and Natalia Kwiatkowska were all runner ups in individual events throughout the meet.

“This race was less about winning and losing,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “It’s always good to race teams like A&M. It gives you a lot of confidence facing other opponents after swimming against one of the top programs in the nation.”

In diving, reigning Conference USA Diver of the Week, senior Jasmine Abercrombie, posted a season-best time of 245.93 to get second place in the three-meter competition. Junior Samantha Scheck took second with a 233.03 time.

The meet marks the 16th all-time meeting between the A&M and Mean Green swimming and diving program and a winless 0-16 record for North Texas against the Aggies.

“We’ve got this great opportunity to learn from in facing some of the fastest swimmers in the country in a pool with historic fast swims,” Bray said. “There’s many things we can take away from this meet. Our next opponent won’t be an Olympian.”

North Texas faces its next opponents, Rice University and the University of Houston, next weekend in Houston.

Bray said the Mean Green doesn’t historically hold a great record against their Space City rivals but last year’s victories over the program gives the team confidence going into the matchups next weekend.

“They’ve usually performed better the last few years but we beat both of them last year so we know we’ll have a chance to compete,” Bray said.

North Texas kicks off its weekend in Houston at Rice Friday at 4 p.m. and at Houston Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

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