NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2/19/10)
- Mean Green Swimming & Diving advanced 16 athletes to the finals of day three at the Sun Belt Conference Championships at the Centennial SportsPlex on Friday morning.
North Texas will enter tonight's competition with a 14-point lead over the two-time defending champion Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
The 200-yard freestyle will highlight the action this evening for the Mean Green, who has four of the eight competitors in the "A" final heat.
Freshman Catia Weickgenant, qualifying second, fell one hundredth of a second short of tying the school record with the time of 1:49.87. Current school record holder Alicia Hale finished in third, touching the wall in 1:50.91.
Rounding out the rest of the qualifiers for the Mean Green in the 200-yard freestyle is fifth place Emily Floyd (1:51.49), sixth place Erika Roach (1:51.61), Angela Dworschack in ninth (1:52.09) and Dawn Richerson sitting in tenth (1:52.67).
Sophomore Rosa Gentile set two school records Friday morning. First in the 100-yard butterfly, Gentile topped her own school record by touching the wall in 54.79 seconds, which was the second best time in the prelims.
Later, in the 100-yard back, Gentile took down senior Nicole Leslie's school record, putting up a time of 56.18 seconds. Leslie qualified in 14 with a season best time of 58.36 and junior Sarah Standlee sits one spot back, finishing in 58.69 seconds.
Three North Texas swimmers also qualified for the 100-yard breaststroke finals. Junior Rosita Bado (1:05.08) and Freshman Hannelle Luoma (1:05.65) will be swimming in the "A" final, while sophomore Danae Welch (1:08.24) will attempt to capture the "B" final.
Bado was also the only member of the Mean Green to qualify for the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:34.98.
In diving, two members of North Texas will compete in tonight's one-meter springboard finals. Sophomore Delia Covo finished second in the prelims with a score of 244.30, while junior Mary Beth Geeze came in sixth with a total of 220.90.
The finals start tonight at 7 p.m., and live results are available at the link in the middle of the story. Check MeanGreenSports.com later in the evening for the full wrap-up of all North Texas events.