5 School Records Fall During First Day Of SBC Championships
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2/28/08) ? The University of North Texas swimming and diving team opened the Sun Belt Championships in grand fashion, breaking school records in five different events during the opening day of the three-day event.
The Mean Green tallied a school best in all but one of the events that it competed in. Overall, North Texas finds itself in fourth place after Thursday’s events with 160 points; the most ever by a
“Last year we struggled during the first day of the conference championships. We also struggled during the first day at the Las Vegas Invitational earlier this season, so it was important for us to get off to a good start today,” said head swimming and diving coach Joe Dykstra. “It was by far the best overall day in
Emily Floyd opened up the championships with a bang for the Mean Green. Floyd, a sophomore from
Not to be outdone, Christina Hammervold and Alicia Hale soon showed that they were also capable of posting top marks. Hammervold posted a school record time of 2:07.25 during the prelims of the 200 individual medley, just to later see her record fall when Alicia Hale edged out Hammervold during the finals of the 200 IM. Of the seven individual events she competes in, the 200 IM mark was the only record left unbroken by Hale until Thursday.
In all, the Mean Green picked up seven top-eight finishes on Thursday. Kelly Gordon (500 free), Angie Dworschack (500 free) and Whitney Tyrone (3-meter diving) all notched top-16 finishes to pick up points for
“Historically, we’ve gotten better as the championships have go on,” Dykstra said. “We’re in a good position if we can duplicate some of our first day results.”
The second day of the SBC Championships will begin tomorrow morning at the