North Texas was unable to hold off the Aggies of Texas A&M in its final meet of the regular season, falling 168-118 on senior night at the Pohl Recreation Center.
“It’s never a good feeling to get beat the way we did tonight, but I’m proud of the way we raced hard against one of the best teams in the NCAA,” UNT coach Joe Dykstra said. “Texas A&M will definitely finish in the top five at NCAAs in March, and it is a tremendous honor to have them come to our pool and let us compete against the best of the best.”
North Texas still turned in several solid performances, most notably from sophomore Mona Groteguth, who led off for the 200-yard medley relay team that came in third with a time of 1:46.14. She also placed third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.28, only 0.13 behind Texas A&M’s Meagan Hairston.
“Our five seniors have had great careers at North Texas, and it is bittersweet to know they won’t compete for us in our home pool again,” Dykstra said. “I am so proud of all of them, and we will definitely miss them next year.”
UNT senior Joanna Wozniak placed third in the 200 breaststroke. Senior Bryn Lewis was second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.31. Senior Becca Ploetz had the fastest split on the 200 medley relay team, turning in a 24.10 final leg. Ploetz finished fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.33.
Senior Catia Weickgenant had the best UNT time in the 100 freestyle with a 54.40. She won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:11.14.
North Texas swept the diving competition. Rebecca Taylor won the 1-meter dive with a score of 252.00. Senior Delia Covo finished her final home meet on top in the 3-meter dive with a score of 256.28.
“Now we turn our attention completely to the Sun Belt Championships in four weeks,” Dykstra said. “We’ve got to do a great job with our last couple weeks of intense training before we taper down. Our focus is to start getting faster, more explosive and to fine-tune race strategies and techniques.”
The Mean Green will return to action Feb. 27 in Rockwall at the Sun Belt Conference meet.