The North Texas Mean Green took down the University of San Diego on Saturday while on their training trip in California 62-48. The meet was a Shootout format that featured the 400 medley, 500 and 200 free, as well as the 400 IM and 50’s in each stroke.
The Mean Green started the meet off strong taking a 1-3 finish in the 400 medley relay. The team of Rebekah Bradley, Sarah Vaisse, Caroline Culpepper, and Bianca Bocsa touched the wall first in 3:54.43. Bradley, who made her college debut this weekend, also took a first place finish in the 50 back (26.59) and third in the 50 free (25.12). Vaisse also had a strong showing over the weekend, where she took first in the 50 breast (30.58), 50 breast (29.85) and 50 fly (26.33).
Mackenna Briggs of San Diego won the 400 IM, besting the field by over two seconds (4:34.14). Claudia Kitching of North Texas and MK Clancy of San Diego rounded out the top three. Briggs also won the 500 free, touching in 5:08.67- both first place finishes were also career-best times for the freshman. The only other non-50 individual event on the day was the 200 free. Isabelle Morris barely touched out the field, winning in 1:53.57. She was closely followed by San Diego’s Jackie Taylor (1:53.66).
Of the unique meet format, North Texas head coach stated in a press release that the “meet was less about the time and more about dealing with adversity, racing, and getting their hand on the wall.”
The Mean Green have one more scrimmage while in California against San Diego State on January 12th. They’ll then compete against University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Southern Illinois on January 16th. San Diego State returns to action on the 15th and 16th at the Beach Cup- where they’ll compete against Pepperdine, LMU and Fresno State.