HOUSTON, Texas (10/11/08) - The North Texas Swimming & Diving team battled its third Texas school of the weekend coming up short to the Houston Cougars, 174-126, on Saturday. After last year's first ever victory for the Mean Green over the Cougars, Houston responded by winning this year's dual meet.
North Texas fared better against Houston than it did against Texas A&M and Rice on Friday, but it wasn't enough. The Cougars were too strong winning 13 of the 16 events.
Mean Green Swimming head coach, Joe Dykstra, was pleased with his team's effort finishing second and third in eight events.
"Across the board we swam well," Dykstra said. "We just didn't win enough races. But, it looks like we have very good depth on the team this year."
The races the Mean Green did win showed the kind of potential the squad has this year.
Alicia Hale won the 200 Freestyle beating out Houston's Kim Eeson by a slim margin of 1:53.01 to 1:53.12.
Nicole Leslie, the school's record holder in the 50 Freestyle, won the event today with a time of 24.53. This was good enough to beat Eeson of Houston who had a 25.07.
Freshman Rosa Gentile won the 100 Butterfly posting a time of 58.78 that barely beat Houston's Andrea Kells who had a 58.84.
In the three meter dive, the Mean Green did not win, but posted some solid scores. Delia Covo received a 218.63, Kim Nelson-Wulff got a 210.75, and Lauren Hudson posted a 208.88. This was the second time in as many days that North Texas has ever had three divers get scores of at least 200 points in the three meter.
The loss to the Cougars put the Mean Green to 0-3 in dual meets this season.
North Texas gets next week off before going to New Orleans on Friday, October 24 at 1 p.m.