DENTON (12/6/03) - The North Texas women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its fall schedule over the weekend, finishing third of seven teams at the Arkansas-Little Rock Christmas Invitational.
The Mean Green had possibly its best outing of the season, breaking four school records and setting season-best times in almost every event. North Texas piled up 547.5 points to finish ahead of Ouachita Baptist (379), Henderson State (291.5), Arkansas-Little Rock (283.5) and Hendrix College (130). Southwest Missouri State claimed the championship with 965 points, while Drury University claimed second with 673.5 points.
The third-place finish was the Mean Green’s fourth all-time top three finish in tournament meets. All four top three-finishes have come in the last three seasons.
"We had a great meet," said North Texas head coach Mona Nyheim-Canales. "Everyone performed well and I think this shows that we are on track to accomplish the things we want to at the conference meet. This was a good way to go into finals week and compete the fall season."
The Mean Green broke the school record in the 1650 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Jaime Hosner claimed fifth place in the 1650 Freestyle with her record-setting time of 17:43.98. Bethany Pipes took gold in the 200 backstroke and third place in the 500 Freestyle with times of 1:54.21 and 5:05.63, respectively. Kara Brock finished fourth in the 100 Breaststroke, posting a time of 1:08.05.
Pipes also swam the second fastest time in North Texas history in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.62, which was good enough for second place. The 400 Freestyle Relay team also narrowly missed the school record, posting NT’s all-time second fastest time at 3:39.67.
The Mean Green posted season-best times or scores in 19 of the 20 events held. North Texas claimed five top-three, 13 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes at the meet.
North Texas will resume its season January 16, hosting New Mexico State at 5 p.m. They will then host Houston the very next day at noon.