DENTON, Texas (11/19/08) - The North Texas swimming & diving team participates in the Husker Invitational at Lincoln, Nebraska beginning on Thursday, November 20 and ending on Sunday, November 23.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-2) from the Big 12 are hosting this event which involves nine different schools. Besides North Texas, some other notable programs competing are Colorado State (6-3), Iowa State (4-1), and Rice (4-5). Northern Iowa, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, and Nebraska-Omaha will also be attending.
The Mean Green has recent history with both CSU and Rice. Back on Nov. 8 in Denton at the Mean Green Duals, Colorado State defeated North Texas 189-111 in the first ever dual meeting for both schools. The Mean Green and the Owls of Rice met last season on January 19, 2008 with Rice getting the upper hand 154-134 in Denton.
The format for the Husker Invite involves the schools to compete for the best possible team finish. The top 30 swimmers make the finals and 20 swimmers in each event can score points for their team. The A and B relays from each team also receive points. There will be 21 total events (18 swimming and 3 diving) which involve preliminaries and finals.
Last week on Nov. 12, North Texas swimmer Emily Floyd was selected as the Sun Belt Women's Swimmer of the Week for her performance at the Mean Green Duals on Nov. 8. She broke her own school record in the 1000 Freestyle as North Texas squared off against Arkansas, SMU, Colorado State, and New Mexico State.
"I felt like I did something good for the team and not just myself," said Floyd. "It's always fun to break records of other swimmers, but breaking your own does carry a special feeling."
Floyd set a new school record in the 1000 Free by over three seconds with a time of 10:19.56. The previous record she owned from last season against TCU (10:22.74). Floyd also holds school records in the 500 Freestyle (4:54.19), the 1650 Freestyle (17:07.27), and is part of two school record holding relay teams (400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle).