Swimming & Diving Begins SBC Championships On Wednesday

DENTON, Texas (2/17/09) - The North Texas swimming & diving team gets set to compete in the Sun Belt Conference Championships from Centennial Park SportsPlex in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday. The championships will last four days beginning tomorrow and running through Saturday. 

The Mean Green has been picked to finish fourth as the teams are seeded by last year's conference finish. Western Kentucky (2008 champion) is the favorite followed by Florida Atlantic and Denver (No. 3 in Mid-Major Poll). Florida International is picked fifth then New Orleans and Arkansas-Little Rock.

North Texas had a great performance at last year' SBC championships which included eight swimmers receiving all-conference honors and 11 current school records.

The latest CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major ranked the North Texas swimming & diving team at No. 11 on February 13. North Texas held a No. 10 ranking in the last poll which was the highest ever in the program's history. Before then, the Mean Green ranked at No. 14 in the first poll of the season.

On February 11, NT's Rosa Gentile was named Sun Belt Women's Swimmer of the Week for her performance against TCU on February 4. Rosa has won the award twice this year. Swimmer Emily Floyd and diver Delia Covo have also received Sun Belt Performer of the Week honors during the season.

Some of the highlights of the '08-09 campaign include 10 records broken, three each by Gentile and Floyd. Floyd was also on the record-breaking 800 Freestyle Relay team with Alicia Hale, Angie Dworschack, and Erika Roach. Nine of the 10 records were set at the Husker Invitational back in November where the Mean Green placed second. It was a nice achievement for North Texas finishing ahead of Colorado State, Iowa State, and Nebraska. The Mean Green also had a solid victory over the Sun Belt's New Orleans (No. 24) on October 24. At the North Texas Relays on October 3, NT placed higher than Missouri State who is currently No. 9 in the Mid-Major Poll.  


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