Complete Day Three Results
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2/17/07) Nicole Leslie took second in the 100-yard freestyle and the Mean Green finished fourth on the final day of competition at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.
The Mean Green finished with 467 points after scoring just 257 points in a fifth-place finish last season.
Florida Atlantic claimed its second consecutive team title with 901.5 points. Western Kentucky took second with 767.5 points, and Denver took third with 581 points.
"Overall it was a fantastic meet. The number of records that fell and taking home three medals is amazing," head coach Joe Dykstra said. "This program has never had that kind of success. That kind of improvement just makes me proud. Proud of the work they have put in and proud of the seniors for leading this charge, but it is only the first step in what we are going to accomplish in the near future."
Coming into the meet Dykstra said that he thought freshman Nicole Leslie would turn some heads over the weekend with her performance. Leslie capped off her season by claiming second place in the 100-yard freestyle after taking the top seed in the morning’s preliminaries.
The freshman broke the school’s record twice on Saturday. She took the silver medal in a time of 52.31 seconds after blazing through the water in 52.45 seconds in the morning’s preliminaries. It was the second medal of the meet for Leslie after she anchored the 4x400 medley relay on Friday, claiming a bronze medal.
Leslie becomes the first North Texas freshman to claim an individual medal in conference since Bonnie Garcia-Meitin won a bronze medal in 2005.
Leslie also just missed out on another medal in the meet’s final event. It was the 4x400 freestyle relay team that was in a tight battle to the finish, just missing the medal stand in fourth place; however, the team that was made up of four freshmen Alicia Hale, Elizabeth Weiss, Emily Floyd, and Leslie put up a time of 3:30.34 that demolished the former school record by exactly four seconds.
"It was a real highlight of the whole competition to be able to put four freshmen in the most important race of the meet and have all of them step up and break the school record by four full seconds," Dykstra said. "It was indicative of the meet we had and that the future is bright."
The Mean Green also placed two in the top-six finishers in the 200-yard breaststroke in Hannah Bakke and Gwen Rourke. It was Bakke taking fifth in a time of 2:24.05 and Rourke took sixth in 2:24.33.
North Texas had three swimmers garner points in the 200-yard backstroke with Garcia-Meitin pacing the squad. She claimed seventh place in a time of 2:04.05 while freshman Tiffany Graham also took ninth and Lauren Liston finished 14th.
After claiming swimmer of the week honors after her performance in the season’s final dual meet versus New Orleans, Katie Lowry put up a time of 2:11.20 in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly for seventh place. The Mean Green also had four swimmers in the consolation heat, led by Lauren Harris’ 13th-place finish in a time of 2:11.97.
In the mile it was Jamie Hosner that came up just .11 seconds from her own school mark and picking up a 12th-place finish in the process.
Overall the Mean Green saw ten school records fall over the course of the three-day meet.