DENTON(2/19/05)-The NT women's swimming and diving team finished fifth out of nine teams competing at the Sun Belt Championships this past weekend. The Mean Green collected a total of 303 points over the course of the competition.
Western Kentucky claimed their fifth straight conference title with a total of 851 points. Denver placed second with 762 and Florida Atlantic followed with 646 points. New Mexico State was in close contention with the Mean Green for fourth place honors throughout the competition, but overcame by finishing with 327 points. Florida International scored 286 placing sixth. Seventh place belonged to Louisiana-Monroe with 182, and Arkansas-Little Rock fell into eighth with 120 points. New Orleans rounded out the competition in ninth place with 5 points.
The third and last day of competition ended just as it had begun in Little Rock, Ark. Finals began at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19 after a morning of preliminaries.
Senior three-time All-Conference swimmer Bethany Pipes swam the school's second fastest and the season's best time in the 200 backstroke (2:05.23). Pipes placed second in the event giving the Mean Green its highest finish throughout the entire competition. Freshman newcomer Bonnie Garcia-Meitin finished in fourth place in the same event with a time of 2:05.56 swimming the third fastest time in the program's history.
Pipes went on to set a school record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.33 placing seventh. She replaces Tiffani Harkrider's time of 53.70.
Both sophomores Jaime Hosner and Gwen Rourke finished tenth in their events. Hosner swam her season best in the 1650 freestyle with the time 17:40.61. Rourke swam the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:27.26.