DENTON, Texas- The Mean Green swimming and diving team flew home yesterday from the Mizzou Invite, bringing home a fourth place finish, 10 new school records, and a new Sun Belt Conference record. North Texas' fourth place finish placed them ahead of UC Davis (defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Champions), Drury (defending NCAA Division II Champion, Saint Louis, and North Dakota. The three-day event allowed the Mean Green enough time to rewrite its own record book, filling with new program top times.
"We had a great experience at the Missou Invite," commented Dykstra. "It was by far the best mid-season meet we've ever had. It was great for the team to see all the hard work they have done this fall pay off with great performances. Since we only rested a couple days for this meet it will also give us a confidence boost going into the second half of the season, knowing that even greater performances are ahead when we fully taper in February. Breaking 10 of the program's 22 official records is quite an achievement for this early in the season."
"We also realized how much work we have left in order to compete for a conference championship in a few months. We really struggled in the prelims of the second day of the meet, and it is important that we learn that those morning qualifying sessions are criticaly important to a championship effort. All in all in was a great competition for us and all the swimmers, divers, and coaches are motivated to get back to work in preparation for the second half of the season."
Junior Catia Weickgenant swam in record breaking fashion, overcoming three North Texas school records, a Sun Belt Conference All-Time record, and a Mizzou Invite Meet record. On day one, Weickgenant broke the SBC time in the 500 Free at 4:48.89, passing Denver's Lisa Ginder's previous record of 4:49.03. On day two, she created a top program time of 1:48.75 in the 200 Free, breaking her previous record of 1:49.46 (2/23/11). On day three, the junior also set a new school and Mizzou Invite Meet record by winning the 200 Fly in 2:00.51, passing her own top program time of 2:01.72 (2/23/11). She now holds the second fastest 200 Fly time in the SBC this season.
Freshman Krista Rossum broke four schools records at Mizzou, accumulating a total of six North Texas school records broken during her first semester of college. On day one, Rossum set a new school record in the 200 IM (2:01.85), breaking fellow swimmer Rosa Gentile's 2:04.21 in 2010. On day two of the Invite, her first imprint on the books came in the 400 IM (prelims), finishing in 4:20.79, breaking the previous school time she set at 4:28.05 (11/5/11). Rossum also swam the program's second fastest time with a final's fourth place finish of 4:22.41. Moments later, the Canadian sensation broke Hannah Bakke's school record (1:03.92, 2/28/2008) in the 100 Breast, tapping out at 1:03.30. On day three, the freshman busted her fourth school record of the meet, this time in the 200 Breast. Rossum won the event in 2:14.84, breaking her previous program record of 2:18.36 on October 22, 2011.
Sophomore Catherine Johnson set the highest diving score in North Texas history for the three-meter diving, receiving a score of 281.70. She topped Delia Covo's previous record (280.15) dating back to October 2010.
Freshman Rebecca Taylor participated in platform diving, the first Mean Green diver to ever compete in the event, receiving a score of 162.35.
The 400 Medley Relay team (Groteguth, Rossum, Gentile, Weickgenant) topped the program's fastest time (3:47.33) by finishing the race in 3:45.90.
North Texas diving returns to the pool on December 17-18 for the Incarnate Word Invitational.