Mean Green Downs Tulane In First Dual

DENTON, Texas (10/10/09) - Mean Green Swimming &Diving defeated Tulane in its first dual meet of the year at the Pohl Recreation Center on Saturday.

North Texas racked up a staggering 173 points to Tulane's 118.

"I am very pleased with how we opened the season this weekend," said head coach Joe Dykstra. " At the relays last night, we were faster in 9 of the 10 relays compared to last year, and only a tenth of a second slower in the sprint relay.  I think our sophomores have really demonstrated this weekend that they are much much better than last year, and with that group being such a large part of our team we are much better off because of it.  Today we competed really hard against Tulane and I am thrilled with the effort.  We were able to alter our line-up quite a bit and give the swimmers a chance to swim some different events which is always fun, and gives us a chance to evaluate some different events for people moving forward.  I think our depth and versatility showed today in the win over Tulane as 7 different swimmers won an individual event for us, including 3 freshmen." 

The Mean Green appeared to do everything they needed to and took first place in all but three events, led by Becca Ploetz who won two individual events, 200 meter and 50 meter freestyle.

Tulane, who was competing in their first dual meet since resuming their swimming program resumed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, took every place in the 100 butterfly.

"I want to tip my hat to the job that the Tulane coaches are doing re-establishing that program for the first time since Hurricane Katrina," Dykstra added.  "Their coaches are doing a great job building the team back up and I look forward to watching them build success much as we have here the past few years at North Texas, and to swimming many more great meets against them in the coming years."

North Texas will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Pohl Recreation Center when the University of New Orleans comes in for a dual match. That dual will begin at 10:30 a.m.




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