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Swimming struggles against SMU in final meet before C-USA competition

Swimming struggles against SMU in final meet before C-USA competition

February 02
22:55 2018

With the Conference USA Championships under three weeks away, the swim team was looking to gain momentum and confidence in their final official meet before they set their sights on the conference competition.

The Mean Green were 0-16 against Southern Methodist University since 1998 coming into Friday night’s meet with the Mustangs. Unfortunately for North Texas, SMU was fueled by the emotions of senior day and took the win 174-69.

In several events, SMU placed swimmers in first and second place, while the Mean Green struggled and fell behind against the quality opposition.

“Our program has a philosophy of getting better every meet,” head coach Brittany Roth said. “We take a ‘one meet at a time’ mindset and we plan on carrying out that mindset all the way through the championship rounds.”

After the first four events, SMU gained a 55-19 advantage over the Mean Green.

In the three-meter diving, Giovanna Hnath recorded a score of 209.62, coming in third place and gaining three points for North Texas.

During the 400-medley relay, North Texas placed three groups in the top four, including senior Sarah Vaisse, senior Claudia Kitching, junior Brittany Thurstin and senior Isabelle Morris, taking second place in the end.

“Many girls posted close to their best times and I am really proud of them for that,” Roth said. “This team has such great fight and we are looking to carry that on into the future.”

Freshman Leigh Faires McGee posted a personal best time in 1000 freestyle with 10:15.41 which is also the eight fastest time in school history. She later went on to win the 500 freestyles as well with a time of 5:01.36.

North Texas will swim in a pre-conference time trial on Saturday before going on to the Conference USA championships.

“The highest we have ever finished in Conference USA is fourth,” Roth said. “I think this team has a good chance to finish higher than they ever have.”

Next up: North Texas heads to Atlanta, Georgia for the Conference USA Championship meet from Feb. 21-24.

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