LITTLE ROCK (2/14/03) -- Setting four school records on the first day, the North Texas women's swimming and diving team stood in third place after five events at the 2003 Sun Belt Conference Championships.
The Mean Green compiled 150 points after Thursday's first day of events, with Western Kentucky standing atop the early standings with 227.5 points followed by New Mexico State at 186.5. Behind the Mean Green were Denver (134 points), host Arkansas-Little Rock (63) and Louisiana-Monroe (58).
New school records for North Texas were set in two individual events and two relays. Sophomore Bethany Pipes and freshman Elizabeth Johnson established school-record times in the 500-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle, respectively, while the Mean Green also set new school marks in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay events.
Pipes, an All-Sun Belt Conference performer a year ago, finished third in the 500-yard freestyle with her school-record time of 5:07.09. In the 50-yard freestyle, Johnson had the Mean Green's best individual finish when she placed second with a school record 24.41 time.
In the relays, the foursome of Johnson, Elizabeth Jennings, Cynthia Bernal and Charlene McClain placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a school record time of 1:39.24. Johnson and Jennings then teamed with Pipes and sophomore Kara Brock to place fourth in the 400-yard medley relay with a school-record time of 4:01.01.
The three-day tournament continues on Friday and will conclude on Saturday.