DENTON (11/11/05)The North Texas women’s swimming and diving team were faced with defeat when they took on Houston, Wyoming and the No. 8 ranked team in the nation, SMU, Friday night at the UNT Student Recreation Center in Denton.
The meet was the largest dual meet competition to be hosted by North Texas in the program’s history, as four teams went head to head against each other. The Mean Green fell to Wyoming, 175-68, Houston, 126-117, and was not scored against SMU.
Mean Green sophomore Bonnie Garcia-Meitin led her team throughout the night becoming the only member to finish in the top three in both her individual events. Garcia-Meitin finished second to SMU sophomore All-American, Anja Carman, in the 100 Backstroke with the time 59.48. In the 50 Freestyle, she recorded her fastest time of the season with 24.91. Garcia-Meitin placed third in the event narrowly missing out on first by two-tenths of a second.
Other top performances were shown by freshman Lauren Liston who finished fourth in the 500 Freestyle with the time 5:19.41, and by junior Gwen Rourke who placed fifth in the 200 IM at 2:14.20. Rourke also swam her fastest time of the season in the 100 Breaststroke with 1:08.00. She currently holds the school record at 1:06.88.
The Mean Green will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 12 in the UNT Student Recreation Center as it hosts its second meet in two days to Centenary and SMU. North Texas will face Centenary women, as the SMU men’s team competes against Centenary men. It will mark the first time North Texas has hosted a men’s meet. The four teams will compete concurrently. Competition starts at noon.