Mean Green Sit Second With One Day To Go At SBC Championships
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - North Texas Swimming & Diving fell out of first place Friday night during the Day Three Finals of the Sun Belt Championships at the Centennial SportsPlex.
The Mean Green now sit in second place with 494 points, 98 points behind two-time defending champions Western Kentucky.
After setting a new school record in the 100-yard butterfly in preliminaries, sophomore Rosa Gentile broke her own record in the finals with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.21 seconds, which was good enough for second place.
The 200-yard freestyle final saw four Mean Green members in the top eight finishers. Freshman Catia Wecikgenant led the way for North Texas with a fourth place finish and a time of 1:49.98.
Behind her was senior Alicia Hale, who finished in fifth with a time of 1:50.67, sophomore Erika Roach in 1:53.08 and senior Emily Floyd, who finished in 1:53.13.
Rosita Bado led the Mean Green in the 100-yard breaststroke with a sixth place finish. The junior touched the wall in 1:05.29, just a second in front of freshman teammate Hannele Luoma who finished in 1:06.33.
Gentile then broke her own school record for the second time in tonight's events, this time in the 100-yard backstroke. The sophomore finished in sixth place, touching the wall in 56.07.
Diving saw Mary Beth Geeze mover herself into second on the all-time diving list for the one-meter spring board. The junior totaled 253.55 in her six dives and took second in the meet.
Sophomore Delia Covo had a tough night but still finished in seventh with a total of 213.35.
The 400-yard medley relay finished off the night of competition in Nashville. Gentile, Bado, Hiliary Ridmann and Hale finished the event in third, finishing with a time of 3:47.33.
The Final day of competition takes place tomorrow from the Centennial Sportsplex. Live Results can be found from the link at the middle of the story and a comprehensive recap will be found on MeanGreenSports.com after the meet.