Trojans out touched by North Texas

Little Rock (LR) swimming and diving were defeated by North Texas Saturday morning at the Donaghey Student Aquatic Center.

North Texas took home the trophy with 183 points versus Little Rock’s 106 points.

Despite the loss for the team, this meet offered individual success for some of the swimmers. Senior Emma Doll swam a fantastic meet, achieving personal season bests in both of her events.

In the 50-free, Doll got first out of her entire team and fourth overall with a time of twenty-five seconds and seven-tenths of a second, just barely out-touching fifth place finisher Micayla Morgan of North Texas by one hundredth of a second.

In the 100 free, Doll finished sixth while shaving off nearly two seconds in that event. Doll also helped score a second place finish for LR in the 400 yard Free Relay, along side juniors Imre van Huyssteen and Laura Ruiz Astorga and senior Tori Fryar, finishing with a time of 3:37.78.

Fryar finished in the top-two in her individual events as well. She finished first by over 17 seconds in the 1000 yard free and second in the 500 yard free, barely out-touched by Leigh McGee of North Texas by one second.

There were two nail biting finishes this weekend in both the 200-medley Relay and the 100-breast. In the breast, there was less than a second gap in between the second and sixth place finishers. Within that group included LR swimmers Huyssteen, freshman Palmer Ristroph, and senior Nurla Gallego Murcia, as well as North Texas ladies Meaghan Rousset and Sydney Buckly, with the silver ultimately going to Ristroph.

A similar scenario happened in the medley where there was a two second gap in between the third and sixth place teams,with Astorga, Murcia, Doll, and sophomore Isabelle Finzen of LR getting out ahead of the pack to complete the race in third.

In the diving portion of the meet, senior Samantha Gray shined, getting top-three in both of her events, with a first in the one-meter dive and a third in the three-meter.

Other personal season bests this weekend came from sophomore Charis Won in the 200-free, beating her previous time by over a second, and freshman Mia Gibson in the 100-back, cutting off another half-second in the race.

LR will be back at the Donaghey Student Aquatic Center again Sat., Oct. 21, to host the Little Rock Invitational.

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