Eagles Take Flight Against Air Force Falcons

DENTON (11/4/05) - The Air Force women's swimming and diving team is the top-ranked team in the Mountain West Conference, but that didn't faze the Mean Green Friday, Nov. 4 as it nearly upset the Falcons in the Student Recreation Center at UNT.   

The Mean Green trailed the Falcons closely in the first eight events with the score 69.5-60.5, and then took the lead at the end of the tenth event at 84-83.

North Texas couldn't withstand the pressure applied by Air Force junior and All-MWC swimmer, Lauren White, as White and teammates Tiffany Biddle and Shelley Rodgers captured the top three finishes in the 500 Freestyle giving the Falcons a 12-point lead over the Mean Green after the twelfth event.

The Mean Green would go on to lose the meet 176-122, but not without capturing a first place win over the Falcons in the 200 Freestyle relay with the time 1:41.68. The Falcons now lead the series between the two teams 5-0.

Sophomore Bonnie Garcia-Meitin, yet again, was a dominating force for the Mean Green. Garcia-Meitin captured first place in all her individual events including the 100 (59.37) and 200 (2:08.03) Backstroke and the 50 Freestyle (24.95). It wasn't until the third month of last season that Garcia-Meitin broke the 25 second mark in the 50 Freestyle, but she accomplishes this in only the third meet of this season.

Other top performances were recorded by juniors Emilia Tudose and Gwen Rourke. Tudose tied for first in the 100 Freestyle (55.13) with junior Laken Stogner of Air Force. Rourke finished second in the 200 Breaststroke with the time 2:25.50 and placed third in the 100 Breaststroke (1:08.38).

Sophomore Angelica Gentile captured second place in the 200 Butterfly with the time 2:14.62, while freshman Lauren Liston posted a second place time of 2:00.04 in the 200 Freestyle.

North Texas Diving recorded top finishes for the Mean Green too. Sophomore Lauren Page earned the highest rankings of the night for her team in both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter diving events. Page scored 216.52 in the 1-Meter placing third, and finished second in the 3-Meter with the score 204.45.

The Mean Green will host its largest meet in the program's history next Friday, Nov. 11, as teams from SMU, Houston and Wyoming will come to Denton to compete. The meet begins at 5 p.m. in the UNT Student Recreation Center.



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