Complete Day One Results
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2/16/07) Through two days of competition the Mean Green swimming and diving team still sits in fourth place and took grasp of another medal at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
Currently, Florida Atlantic leads the meet with 575.5 points, followed by Western Kentucky, and Denver.
Overall the Mean claimed five more school records on Friday.
“Overall I am absolutely thrilled with the performance of the team here. There are tons of school records and lifetime bests across the board.” head coach Joe Dykstra said. “It’s exciting to see the hard work pay off now. I am also excited about how much our girls really want to get on that medal stand now, and it shows.”
The evening session kicked off with a bang for North Texas. After picking up the school’s first relay medal on Thursday in the 400-yard medley, it was the 200-yard medley relay made up of Bonnie Garcia-Meitin, Hannah Bakke, Lauren Harris, and Nicole Leslie - took its turn and grabbed third place in a time of 1:46.24. That time shattered the old school record by over two full seconds.
The 800-yard freestyle relay had its most impressive showing of the season, shattering the old school mark in a fourth-place time of 7:47.10.
It was Hannah Bakke that had one of the morning’s highlights by bettering her own school best in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:04.49, and took fourth place in the finals. The junior transfer from Kansas finishes the season holding the school’s top four times in the event. Right on her heels was Gwen Rourke in fifth place in a time of 1:05.94.
Alesha Olesen bettered her school-best mark in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing ninth in a time of 58.38 seconds; however, senior Lauren Harris saved her best for last as in her final collegiate meet she put up her personal-best time of 58.64 seconds. Her time ranks second at North Texas all-time and was good enough to pick up seventh place after qualifying for the finals in the morning preliminary.
Freshman standout Alicia Hale just missed out on medallist status with a fourth-place finish in another school-record time of 1:52.65 in the 200-yard freestyle. Hale now holds three of the event’s top-four marks in the history of North Texas.
The Mean Green put two more in the finals for the 100-yard backstroke with Bonnie Garcia-Meitin finishing in fifth in 57.97 seconds, the second-fastest time the school has seen. Odessa freshman Tiffany Graham also finished eighth in the event in her first conference finals appearance.
The competition will conclude Saturday with morning preliminaries scheduled for 10:30 and the finals to begin at 5:30.
You can follow the Sun Belt Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at www.sunbeltsports.org