North Texas Finishes Third At SBC Championships

Day Three Recap
Results & Scores

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (2/21/09) - The swimming & diving team of North Texas closed its season Saturday with a third place finish (592 points) at the Sun Belt Championships in Nashville, TN. This marked the highest postseason finish and point total in program history. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defended their title with 851 points beating out Denver who had 766.

Saturday was no different as the Mean Green ended up breaking school records on each of the four days of the Championships.

In the 1650 Freestyle on Saturday, Emily Floyd broke her own school record by about 10 seconds with a 16:42.06 which helped her finish second behind Michele Lowry of Denver who was named the conference's Most Outstanding Women's Swimmer of the Year. Floyd also surpassed the 1000 Freestyle all-time mark with her split in the 1650 (10:06.15). Hilllary Riedmann finished fifth and Angie Dworschack was eighth in the 1650 Free.

Nicole Leslie broke two records in the 100 Freestyle. In the prelims, she swam a 51.53 breaking Alicia Hale's time (51.90). Then in the finals, Leslie placed fifth with a new school record (51.16).

Rosa Gentile and Erika Roach both broke the 200 Butterfly North Texas records. Gentile placed fourth in the finals with a 2:03.81 and Roach won her consolation final swimming a 2:02.28. The previous all-time mark was owned by Roach (2:04.71). Senior Taryne Cantillo finished in seventh place (2:06.53).

In the final event of the day, the 400 Freestyle Relay team ended up in fourth after another school record in the event. The team of Seabre Pope, Nicole Leslie, Erika Roach, and Alicia Hale finished at 3:26.33 about two seconds under the old time.

Delia Covo had the highest spot for NT in diving as she took seventh in the one-meter dive.

The Mean Green swimming & diving team showed a lot of growth this season breaking more school records and competing well with ranked teams. This squad was young, but will have more experience in the next few years. There was only one senior on the '08-09 team as 31 of the 32 swimmers and divers were underclassmen.

2009 North Texas All-Conference Selections
800 Freestyle Relay:
Alicia Hale, Emily Floyd, Angie Dworschack, Erika Roach (2nd Place)
500 Freestyle: Emily Floyd (2nd Place), Erika Roach (3rd Place)
100 Butterfly: Rosa Gentile (2nd Place)
1650 Freestyle: Emily Floyd (2nd Place)      


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