North Texas Hosts Sun Belt Championships
North Texas hosts the Sun Belt Swimming & Diving Championships for the second time in program history at the Rockwall ISD Natatorium. North Texas has finished 3rd in the last three Sun Belt Championship Meets, the highest finishes ever for the Mean Green, and are looking to improve upon that finish with home pool advantage and rank of seventh nationally among mid-majors.
This season, North Texas has had two divers, sophomores Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Taylor, qualify for the NCAA Zone Meet, the second year in a row North Texas has had multiple divers qualify. Johnson has been named Sun Belt Diver of the Week four times this season, a first for the Mean Green program.
True freshman Krista Rossum set four individual schools records this season (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, and 400 IM), surpassing her own program top times on multiple occasions. She also helped set the record in the 400 medley relay along with Catia Weickgenant, who has set three individual records (200 Free, 500 Free, and 200 Butterfly) during her junior season.
Tickets will be on sale at the spectator entrance to the R.A.C.E. All-session passes are available for $20, while individual day passes are available for $8. Students from all Sun Belt schools are admitted free with a valid student ID. Programs can be purchased for $3 and heat sheets for an additional $2.
North Texas' latest ranking of 7th nationally among mid-major programs (CollegeSwimming.com / CSCAA Mid-Major Poll) ties the Mean Green's highest ranking of the season and in program history. North Texas' conference rivals Denver and Western Kentucky rank 5th and 19th respectively.
The Mid-Major rankings use an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup as submitted by participating teams. The ranking is available to those institutions that a) are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or b) provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.
North Texas at the Sun Belt Championships
North Texas has participated in the Sun Belt Championship each year since joining the league in 2000-01, and posted 3rd place finishes each of the last three years, the highest finishes for North Texas in this event.
Schedule of Events
The schedule of events and live results can be followed at www.sunbeltsports.org.