FORT WORTH, Texas (2/6/08) TCU vs. North Texas swimming; it’s been a series that TCU has dominated for the last ten seasons. The Mean Green set out to end that Wednesday night as they took on the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.
North Texas picked up a 161-139 dual-meet victory over TCU to record the Mean Green’s first ever head-to-head win over the Horned Frogs. North Texas was 0-16 against the TCU prior to Wednesday night.
Six different Mean Green swimmers won at least one individual race for North Texas. Head coach Joe Dykstra knew that his team needed nearly every single point to be able to pull off the victory.
“I challenged the girls before the meet began,” Dykstra said. “I told them that we needed to have the best top-to-bottom team performance in school history to come away with a win. Everyone needed to do their job and that’s exactly what happened.”
One swimmer Dykstra called on to help the Mean Green record valuable points was Emily Floyd. Floyd, a sophomore from Sugarland, answered Dykstra’s challenge with a school record and personal best time of 10:22.74; over six seconds faster than the previous school record set by Alicia Hale less than a month ago. The time was nearly 12 seconds faster than Floyd’s previous personal best and ranks third fastest in the Sun Belt so far this season.
Taryne Cantillo continued to impress in her first season at North Texas. Cantillo, a junior transfer from Georgetown, Texas, broke her own school record in the 200 butterfly that she had set earlier in the season. She finished second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.95; behind only Stephanie Futscher, a 2007 All-Mountain West selection. Cantillo also took home silver in the 100 fly.
Hannah Bakke, Bonnie Garcia-Meitin and Alicia Hale all picked up two first place individual finishes in their respective events. Bakke won gold in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke while Garcia-Meitin earned the top spot in the 100 and 200 back. Hale, a sophomore from Schertz, Texas, placed first in the 100 free and 500 freestyle. Overall, North Texas took home first place honors in 11 of the 14 swimming events.
The Mean Green will be back in action this weekend as North Texas wrap up its regular season against New Orleans. The swim-only meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Pohl Recreation Center.