FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (10/12/07) The University of North Texas swimming and diving program fell to two SEC teams Georgia and Arkansas in a double-dual meet Friday afternoon, in Fayetteville, Ark.
The No. 9 Bulldogs knocked off the Mean Green 212-82, while Arkansas dropped North Texas 210-90.
“We learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” said North Texas head swimming and diving coach Joe Dykstra. “We went up against some high caliber athletes. These types of meets are only going to help us get better in the long run.”
Senior Bonnie Garcia-Meitin paced the Mean Green with two third place finishes in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Garcia-Meitin swam her fastest time of the season in the 100 back with a 58.49. Alicia Hale also picked up some valuable points for the Mean Green with two fourth place finishes, one each in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Hale’s time of 2:09.52 is the fastest 200 IM time of the season by any Mean Green swimmer.
Hannah Bakke and Nicole Leslie both picked up top-five finishes for North Texas. Bakke swam a 1:06.44 in the 100-yard breaststroke for a fourth place finish, while Nicole Leslie took third in the 50 free.
“With us competing yesterday against Missouri State, the girls were really tired, but that’s something that will help prepare us for the Sun Belt Conference Championships which are spread out over a three-day period,” Dykstra said. “We have to be able to learn how to be great one day and then come back the next day and be just as strong and dominating.”
The Mean Green will next return back to the Pohl Recreation Center to square off against Texas A&M and Northern Arizona Saturday, Oct. 27. The meet will start at 11 a.m.