Mean Green Win on the Road, Cougars Sweep Diving Events

The North Texas Mean Green took down the Houston Cougars on the road this Saturday 164.50-135.50. The Mean Green took a commanding lead from the start, winning the 200 medley relay by a second with the team of Biance Bosca, Sarah Vaisse, Kelsey Opiela and Isabelle Morris (1:45.74). This was good for a season best time for the Mean Green as well.

The Cougars fought back in the first individual event of the meet, the 1000 free, going 1-2 with Delia Weber (10:13.26) and Hannah Herbst (10:27.88). Weber would go on to sweep the distance events, touching in 5:02.24 in the 500. The Mean Green went on to take several consecutive event wins. In the 200 free, North Texas swept the top three with Morris (1:52.89), Katie Moore (1:56.04) and Sarah Manning (1:56.87). Natalia Kwiatkowska won the 100 back in a 57.38, a second ahead of Cougar Eleanna Koutsouveli (58.33).  She also took first in the 200 IM (2:07.87).  Koutsouveli refused to stay down and  later went on to win the 200 back in 2:03.02. Vaisse then took the 100 breast (1:03.90), followed by teammate Claudia Kitching (1:04.93).

The Cougars were back on top with the 200 fly, where Sharo Rodriguez Rivera beat out the field, touching in 2:04.72. NT’s Bosca  put book ends on the first diving break by winning the  50 free (23.99)  and 100 free (51.97).

Houston, which has a historically strong diving program, took the top three spots in both diving disciplines. Micaela Bouter, Danielle Shedd, and Taylor Olanski went 1-2-3 in both the 1 meter and 3 meter.

The 200 breast saw another 1-2 finish for the Mean Green, with Kitching winning in 2:19.62 and teammate Meaghan Rousset touching in  2:24.33. Sydney Buckley of the Mean Green touched out Rodriguez Rivera in the 100 fly 57.33 to 57.57.

The 400 free relay was a really exciting end to the meet. The Cougars were ahead through the first two legs and the Mean Green managed to pull ahead, touching the Cougars out 3:30.61 to 3:31.41. Like the medley relay at the start of the meet, this was a season best for the Mean Green as well.

The Mean Green and Cougars will face off again at the Houston Invitational Nov 19-21 in Houston.

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About Alesha Breckon

Alesha Breckon

Alesha (Olesen) Breckon began her swimming career when her parents put a pool in the back yard. They enrolled Alesha and her brother in the local summer league in an effort to make sure they were "water safe." At the end of the summer, she joined Blue Tide Aquatics in …

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