LAS VEGAS, Nev. (12/16/07) After breaking only two school records in the first two months of competition, the Mean Green has busted onto the scene at the UNLV Winter Invite to set three records within the last 48 hours.
Following in the footsteps of the 200 freestyle relay that broke the school record Saturday night, seniors Hannah Bakke and Bonnie Garcia-Meitin both topped their own school records in which they set last season. North Texas would also have three swimmers finish amongst the top two in their events respectively.
Bakke, a senior from Little Rock, Arkansas, swam a 1:04.02 in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke to top her previous best set last season at the SBC Championships by nearly half a second. Bakke followed it up later in the day by taking home gold in the same event; knocking off a total of 70 other girls for the title.
Not to be outdone, Garcia-Meitin topped her own school record in the 100 back with a time of 57.00 during the prelims. It is the fourth-fastest time in the Sun Belt so far this year. Garcia-Meitin would finish second in the finals.
Alicia Hale, a sophomore from Schertz, Texas, won a silver medal in the 200-yard freestyle with a time 1:52.13, just behind UC-Santa Barbara’s Erin Yamamoto. The time was nearly a second faster than the time Hale recorded during the prelims. Hale also took ninth overall in the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 5:02.27.
“Yesterday you could really tell how rusty we were with being off a full month, but I felt that we got better as the day went along,” said head swimming and diving coach Joe Dykstra. “Today was a completely different story. We came out on fire and had one of the best days we’ve had all season.”
Kristen Tuttle also had career day for the Mean Green. Tuttle, a freshman from Austin, Texas, set a personal best in the 100-yard butterfly during Sunday’s prelims, just to top it again during the finals. Tuttle finished a tenth of a second ahead of teammate Taryne Cantillo for a 12th place finish in the 100 fly. Tuttle’s time of 58.76 was over three seconds faster than her previous best set earlier in the season.
Later in the day, Bakke, Garcia-Meitin and Cantillo teamed with Nicole Leslie to place sixth out of 40 teams in the 200 medley relay. The foursome swam a season-best time of 1:47.81.
The Mean Green currently sit in fourth place heading into the third and final day of the UNLV Winter Invite on Monday.