LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (12/01/06) The North Texas Swimming and Diving Team swam its most productive meet so far this season at the annual UALR Christmas Invitational, coming in second place with a score of 398 at the close of day one, and breaking a school record in all but one event in which they competed. Drury currently holds the No. 1 position with a score of 421, only 23 points ahead of North Texas.
“Over-all we had a very good day,” said head coach Joe Dykstra. “All of the girls stepped up today and I am very proud of their performances. If we correct a few mistakes and really do a great job in finals tomorrow, we can overcome this 23 point deficit and win the meet.”
So far this season, the team has broken 11 school records, and has posted 21 separate times that rank in the top-five in school history. Eight of those school records were set during day one of the UALR Christmas Invitational.
Freshman Alicia Hale, who holds three individual schools records and three separate top-five times, took first place in the 500 freestyle and broke the school record with a time of 5:00.88. The previous record of 5:04.21 had not been broken since 2004.
Freshman Nicki Leslie now holds the school record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.25, breaking the previous school record set last season by Junior Bonnie Garcia-Meitin by three tenths of a point. Garcia-Meitin set the fifth best time in school history in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.46.
Hannah Bakke broke her own school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.21 during the preliminary qualifying run on Friday morning. During the finals, she went on to set the second best time in school history with a time of 1:05.83. She now holds the top-three times in school history in the 100 breaststroke.
Bonnie Garcia-Meitin, who holds 3 school records, broke her own school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.67. Her previous record of 2:03.77 was set last season at the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
Alesha Olesen broke her own school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.81. Lauren Harris set the second-best time in school history with a time of 59.10, only one-tenth of a second away from Olesen’s previous school record of 59.11.
Garcia-Meitin, Bakke, Olesen, and Elizabeth Weiss teamed up to set the school record in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:54.78, beating the previous record by more than 2 seconds. Bonnie Garcia-Meitin swam the first leg of the relay in 57.57, setting the school record in the 100 back.
Gwen Rourke, Emily Floyd, Lauren Liston, and Hale joined forces to break a four-year-old school record in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:49.08. The previous record of 7:53.20 had not been broken since 2002.
The Mean Green returns to action tomorrow for day two of the UALR Christmas Invitational.