DENVER (2/18/06) For the second straight year the Mean Green swimming and diving team leaves the Sun Belt Championships with a fifth place finish.
North Texas, who finished the meet with 257 points, trailed wire-to-wire champion Florida Atlantic as well as Denver and Western Kentucky who staged a fierce battle for second.
The Mean Green was led by the 400-freestyle relay team of Emilia Tudose, Devon Dlouhy, Betsmara Cruz and Bonnie Garcia Meitin. The squad finished fourth and set the school record in the event with a time of 3:35.54.
Garcia-Meitin also saw success in the 200-yard backstroke. The sophomore finished fourth with a time of 2:04.97, the second best time in school history.
Newcomer Alesha Oleson finished seventh in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:13.08.
Despite the finish at the conference meet, the 2005-2006 season will go down as one of the best in the program’s brief eight year history. The squad set nine school records and will lose only one athlete to graduation.
Florida Atlantic - 858
Denver - 790
Western Kentucky - 769
Florida International - 314.50
North Texas - 257
New Orleans - 250.50
Arkansas-Little Rock - 102