Delta State and North Texas Claim First Place at Little Rock Invite

by SwimSwam 1

October 17th, 2016 College, Previews & Recaps

Meet Facts:

  • Meet Results
  • Women: North Texas – 728.5, University of Little Rock Arkansas -550, Incarnate Word 544.5, Delta State – 538.5, Henderson State – 267.5
  • Men: Delta State -743, Henderson State – 649, Incarnate Word – 646
  • Hosted by University of Little Rock Arkansas

North Texas Press Release

The North Texas swimming and diving team placed first at Little Rock Invitational on Saturday afternoon, marking its first victory of the 2016-17 campaign and the first under interim head coach Brittany Roth.

Athletes from five schools: North Texas, Delta State, Henderson State, Little Rock and Incarnate Word competed in 16 events at the Donaghey Aquatic Center in Little Rock. North Texas finished first with a final score of 728.5. UALR (550) and UIW (544.5) completed the top-three. DSU took fourth with a score on 538.5 and HSU finished with a score of 262.5.

“The way that today’s meet was formatted is different then a regular dual meet, so we told our team that it was going to take a total team effort to win today because it is not about just what the team does, but how each individual does in their race,” Roth said. “A lot of the girls took that responsibility upon themselves and really stepped up their game. We attacked early and kept our momentum going throughout the day.”

The attack began in the 200 medley relay. The relay team comprised of Ash Stone, Sarah Vaisse, Jowita Sienczyk and Isabelle Morris finished with a time of 1:46.67 to secure the Mean Green’s first victory of the day.

Anchored by Vaisse in the 200 freestyle relay, Morris, Jensen and Sienczyk placed first with a time of 1:37.12, a full second ahead of the UALR relay team.

“Sarah not only swam in the last two events back-to-back, but she swam well,” Roth added. “That was a selfless act and she was a team player to do it.”

Vaisse won the 200 IM event and the 100 breaststroke to go along with her relay performances. Emma Beth Jensen (100 freestyle), Morris (50 freestyle) and Claudia Kitching(200 breaststroke) each secured one individual victory on the day.

Senior diver Samantha Scheck swept the diving competition, securing a first-place finish in both the one and three-meter diving events. She posted a score of 223.19 on the one-meter board and 249.00 on the three-meter board.

“Sam has been one of our most consistent divers and one of our strongest leaders her entire tenure at North Texas,” explained Roth. “The fact that she won both board events today is a testament to the work that she has put in leading up to this point. She is determined to go out strong and she got off to a nice start today.”

Cecilia Hernandez secured a third-place finish in the three-meter with a score of 232.95, whileAverie Ruiz finished fourth in the one-meter (215.15) and fifth in the three-meter board events (220.55).

“We are going to take today’s results, be proud and excited about them, but we are going to analyze them and see how we can make them better,” Roth added. “We want to build on these results and find a way to get better heading into the Rice and Houston weekend.”

Quick Hits

• North Texas secured nine first-place finishes on the day, and had at least one athlete place in the top-three in 13 of the 16 events.
• Today’s victory marked the first official victory for Roth who spent the previous three season as an assistant for the Mean Green
• North Texas has never lost a dual meet to any school in the field of completion today, owning a 17-0 all-time record

Up Next For The Mean Green

North Texas will open Conference USA versus Rice on Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Denton. Houston will head to Denton on Saturday, Oct. 29, for a dual meet starting at noon.

Delta State Press Release

The Delta State University men’s swimming and diving team earned a victory over NSISC rival Henderson State and NCAA Division I opponent Incarnate Word, to earn first place on Saturday at the Little Rock Invitational.

Off The Starting Blocks:

  • Opponents: Henderson State | Incarnate Word
  • Date/Time: Oct. 15, 2016 | 10 a.m.
  • Location: Donaghey Aquatic Center
  • Score: DSU 743 | Henderson State 649 | Incarnate Word 646
  • Short Story: The Statesmen claimed victories in 11-of-14 swimming events to earn the win.
  • Get Social: @DeltaStateSWD | @DSUStatesmen

How it happened:

  • The Statesmen had a strong start, as Cody Lavoie, Matteo Fraschi, Fabrice Wendel and Mattia Schirru finished first with a 1:34.37 in the 200-Medley Relay.
  • In the next event, Nathan Sawicki earned the first of his two victories, as he touched in 9:49.27 in the 1000-Freestyle. The sophomore also earned a win in the 500-Freestyle with a 4:45.58.
  • Cody Lavoie then took first when he finished the 200-Freestyle in 1:42.54. Lavoie also claimed the 200-IM, after touching the wall in 1:53.13.
  • Matteo Fraschi won both breaststroke events, as he finished the 100 with an NCAA “B” cut time of 55.41 and the 200 in 2:03.49. Fraschi’s time in the 100 is currently the fastest in NCAA Division II, and his standard in the 200 is second best.
  • Adam Charlton earned the first of three top-four finishes in the 200-Butterfly, as he came home in 1:54.14. Charlton was the runner up in the 100-Butterfly (52.28), and was fourth in the 200-IM (2:01.18).
  • Mattia Schirru earned victories in the 50 and 100-Freestyle. His time in the 50 (21.05) is currently ranked seventh in the nation, and his 46.34 in the 100 ranks fourth.
  • The Statesmen finished in four of the top five spots in the one-meter diving competition, with Kyle Weesner leading the way with a 255.70.
  • DSU was runner-up in both backstroke events, as Alberto Zambrano finished the 200 in 1:58.88 and Fabrice Wendel swam a 52.69 in the 100.
  • Nic Martin led the Statesmen with a 268.75 to finish second in the three-meter diving event.
  • The Statesmen closed out the meet with a victory in the 200-Freestyle, as Wendel, Fraschi, Jack Hene and Schirru finished in 1:26.86. That time currently ranks ninth in the country.

A Look Ahead:

  • The Statesmen return to action at Missouri S&T on Friday, Oct. 21. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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