DENTON, Texas (9/29/07) The battle came down to the wire, but the White team stole the show at North Texas Swimming and Diving’s annual Green vs. White meet at the Pohl Recreation Center on Saturday.
Only one point separated the squads with two events remaining, but wins from Alicia Hale in the 100-backstroke and the 200-freestyle relay team sealed the deal for the White squad, 135-130.
“I am extremely pleased with the improvement of the team from an overall standpoint from a year ago. Not only were the times at this meet significantly faster than this meet last year, but our training is at another level as well. I was excited to see the times from our returnees, and it is a testament to how they prepared in the offseason, and I am just as excited about the talents from our newcomers,” said head coach Joe Dykstra.
The White squad picked up eight individual wins, led by Alicia Hale’s trio of victories in the 200-freestyle, 500-freestyle and the 200-individual medley. The sophomore paved the way with the fifth fastest mark in school history in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:53.92. Hale now owns five of the six fastest swims in school history in the event.
Standout transfer Taryne Cantillo notched the fifth-best time in North Texas history in the 200-butterfly in her first outing for the Mean Green. Cantillo, from Centenary, won the even for the Green team with a time of 2:10.76.
Nicole Leslie further cemented herself as the top freestyle swimmer in school history, winning the 50 and 100 with stellar times. The sophomore owns the all-time marks in both events, and swam the second fastest in the 50-freestyle today with a mark of 24.07.
Bonnie Garcia-Meitin also notched a pair of wins for the Green squad in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke.
The diving program showed significant strides in just a short time under new coach Summer Allman. Whitney Tyrone topped the 200-point barrier in the three meter dive with a score of 201.08, and Kim Nelson-Wulff posted her top-mark of 178.28 on the one-meter board.
North Texas swimming and diving returns to action on Wednesday, and welcomes TCU and SMU to the Pohl Recreation Center for the Mean Green Relays at 4 p.m.