Denton (2/15/07) The North Texas swimming and diving team travels to Nashville, Tennessee to compete in the Sun Belt Conference Championships Feb. 15-17.
This season, first-year head coach Joe Dykstra led the team to its first winning dual-meet record in North Texas swimming and diving history (7-5). In addition, the team won the annual UALR Christmas Invitational on Dec. 1-2.
At the beginning of the season, the team set a goal to break all the records in school history. So far, the team has broken 14 school records and has posted 38 separate top-five times in school history. Only seven school records remain to be broken. All five top times in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Individual Medley relay were set this season.
Many members of the swimming and diving team have improved and thrived under the direction of Dykstra.
Senior Lauren Harris won the first event of her college career at the last dual meet of the season with a time of 59.69 in the 100 fly against the University of New Orleans.
Junior Katie Lowry was named Swimmer of the Week by the Sun Belt Conference for the first time in her college career for her performance at the meet against the University of New Orleans. After sitting out half of the season due to a shoulder injury, Lowry showed improvement by winning both the 200 fly with a time of 2:11.04 and the 500 free with a time of 5:13.37, proving that she can be an asset to her team at the SBC Championships.
Freshman Alicia Hale has dazzled North Texas sports fans all season by breaking four school records, and being named Swimmer of the Week for her performance in the UALR Christmas Invitational, where she won three individual events, broke two individual school records and was also part of two school record-setting relay groups. She has had a first-place finish in every meet but one this season for a total of 14 individual first-place finishes, and was a part of two relay teams that finished first. She holds 11 separate top-five times in school history.
Freshman diver Bailey Devine earned the honor of Diver of the Week by the Sun Belt Conference for her performance at the UALR Christmas Invitational where she earned a score of 318.90 in 1-meter diving and 355.65 in 3-meter diving. Devine has improved drastically this semester posting a point-increase of 192.15 in 1-meter diving and 179.47 in 3-meter diving since the season’s first meet.
Junior Bonnie Garcia-Meitin has had nine individual first-place finishes this season and has been a part of four relay teams that finished first. She holds all five top times in school history in the 100 backstroke and holds the record in the 200 backstroke. She has also been a part of all record-breaking relay teams this season.
Junior transfer Hannah Bakke broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke during the first meet of the season and she holds four of the top-five times in school history in the 100 breast.
The team will be competing in the Sun Belt Conference Championships Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 17th. View live results by visiting Sun Belt Swimming Championships Central.
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