NT Women's Swimming and Diving Moves Up In Standings At Day Two Of Sun Belt Championships

DENTON(2/18/05)After day two at the Sun Belt Championships in Little Rock, Ark., the NT women’s swimming and diving team moved up into fifth place with 211 points and broke two school records. The Mean Green currently trails New Mexico State by 26 points.


The second day of competition, Friday, Feb. 18, proved to be most rewarding for the Mean Green as seven swimmers qualified in their individual events for that evening’s finals. Freshman newcomer Bonnie Garcia-Meitin took home a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.25. It is her fastest time of the season in the event, and it replaced three-time all-conference senior Bethany Pipes’ time of 59.21 for the school record.


Pipes continued the trend of breaking records when she swam the 200 freestyle in 1:53.33, beating her school record of 1:54.21. Pipes placed fourth in the event, narrowly missing third by almost two-tenths of a second.


Sophomore Gwen Rourke competed in the 100 breaststroke and finished in eighth place with the time 1:08.40.  Sophomore Lauren Harris swam them fastest time of the season for the Mean Green in the 100 butterfly (1:00.70), placing thirteenth in the event. Also, freshman Brittany Hosner swam the fastest time of the season in the 400 individual medley (4:45.37) and placed thirteenth in the event.


Both the 200 medley relay (1:52.45) and 800 freestyle relay (7:58.73) teams finished fifth in the events.


The Mean Green will enter the final day of competition at the championships Saturday, Feb. 19. Morning prelims will begin at 10:30 a.m. and finals will follow in the evening at 5:30 p.m.




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