Hale Records School's First Ever NCAA Consideration Cut
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2/29/08) ? After breaking five school records during the first day of the Sun Belt Championships yesterday, the North Texas swimming and diving team picked up right where they left off.
Day One Recap
DAY TWO: SBC Championships
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (2/29/08) After breaking five school records during the first day of the Sun Belt Championships yesterday, the North Texas swimming and diving team picked up right where they left off.
The Mean Green tallied seven school records during Friday’s action at the SBC Championships in Nashville, Tenn. Out of the 13 total events North Texas has competed in over the last two days, the Mean Green has set school records in all but one of the events.
North Texas is currently in fourth place with 367 points heading into the final day of competition tomorrow. Five-time Sun Belt Champion Western Kentucky holds the top spot, more than 60 points ahead of second place Denver University.
“We started off sluggish this morning, but the girls rested up and really came out and performed well during the finals,” said head swimming and diving coach Joe Dykstra. “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls, but this is what I expected. This is where all the hard work and training really pays off.”
The Mean Green need to score just 101 points tomorrow to better last year’s conference point total of 467.
Alicia Hale finished second in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.27, good for an NCAA 'B' consideration cut and a new school mark. Hale became the first Mean Green swimmer in the program’s ten year history to ever make NCAA consideration cut.
Seniors Hannah Bakke and Bonnie Garcia-Meitin were two other North Texas swimmers to etch their names into the school record books. Garcia-Meitin, who took part in three school records yesterday, placed fourth in the 100 back with a new top mark of 56.57.
Bakke clocked in with a time of 1:03.92 to take home bronze in the 100 breaststroke. It is Bakke’s second all-conference performance of the championships. The senior from Little Rock, Ark., also picked up a third place finish in yesterday’s 400-yard medley relay.
Emily Floyd, the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay all just missed out on all-conference honors, finishing fourth in their respective events. Christina Hammervold and Taryne Cantillo rounded out the school record performances for the Mean Green. Hammervold, who set a school record yesterday in the 200 IM prelims, swam a 4:30.52 in the 400 IM finals to take home a sixth place finish for North Texas. Cantillo bested the school’s top mark in the consolation finals of the 100 fly with a 57.92 to earn ninth place.
North Texas will conclude the 2008 Sun Belt Championships at the Tracy Caulkins Aquatics Center tomorrow.