Day Two Recap
Day One Recap
DAY THREE: UNLV Winter Invite
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (12/17/07) The Mean Green swimming and diving team ended its stay Monday in Las Vegas with a fourth place finish at the UNLV Winter Invitational.
UNLV won the three day invitational on the women’s side edging out UC Santa Barbara and Utah. The Mean Green finished ahead of Dartmouth and New Mexico State; two teams who are ranked in the top 20 in the latest mid-major ranking produced by collegeswimming.com.
Alicia Hale continued to etch her name in the Mean Green record books. The sophomore from Schertz, Texas broke two individual school records and was a member of the North Texas 400 freestyle relay team that also tallied a school best time. Nearly 24 hours after taking second in the 200 free, Hale placed second in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:26.72, setting the school record set by Jaime Hosner in 2006.
Hale wasn’t quite done yet. In the leadoff leg of the 400 freestyle relay, Hale swam a 52.18 to set the school record in the 100-yard free. Hale teamed with fellow underclassmen Elizabeth Weiss, Morgan Morrow and Nicole Leslie to place fourth in the relay and set a school record with a time of 3:29.47.
Hannah Bakke also continued to do nothing but set records at the UNLV Invite. Bakke, who set the school record in the 100 breaststroke Sunday night, followed that up by setting the record in the 200 breaststroke during Monday’s prelims. Her time of 2:20.02 bested the old school record by more than three seconds.
“We really just seemed to get better as the meet went on,” said North Texas swimming and diving coach Joe Dykstra. “As other teams began to get tired, we were able to kick it into another gear and pick up some fast times in the later events. I really felt like our training over the last few months is really beginning to pay off and can only help us as we prepare for the Sun Belt Championships.”
In all, the Mean Green posted seven school records throughout the three-day invitational.
Bonnie Garcia-Meitin posted the fastest time in the 200 backstroke during the prelims with a 2:03.91. Garcia-Meitin, a senior from Angleton, Texas, would go on to take home her second silver medal of the UNLV Invite with a second place finish during the finals. Taryne Cantillo also qualified for the finals in the 200 butterfly. Cantillo would place eighth with a time of 2:09.40.
The Mean Green will take the holidays off before returning back to dual-meet action against New Mexico State, Jan. 8, 2008. That meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Las Cruces, N.M.