DENTON, Texas (1/2/09) - The Mean Green swimming & diving team returns to the pool this Saturday at 11 a.m. to participate in the Florida Atlantic Invitational in Boca Raton, Florida. The six schools competing are North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, Brown, and Penn, and Illinois State.
All of these teams will be new to the Mean Green having never met the five other schools in dual meets. North Texas has only faced Florida Atlantic in the Sun Belt Championships where the Owls finshed second last year. FAU is currently ranked at No. 24 in the Mid-Major Poll.
On Monday, North Texas broke into the Top 10 by receiving a No. 10 ranking in the latest CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll. This is the highest ranking North Texas has earned in the program's 10-year history.
The Mean Green also has several swimmers atop the Sun Belt charts. Emily Floyd is No. 1 in the conference in the 500 and 1650 Freestyles while the 800 Freestyle Relay team of Alicia Hale, Angie Dworschack, Emily Floyd, and Erika Roach also sit in first. Alicia Hale is second in both the 100 and 200 Freestyles. Erika Roach is second in the 500 Free and the 200 Fly. Angie Dworschack is No. 2 in the 1650 Free and Rosita Bado sits at the same position in the 200 Back. The 200 and 400 Free Relay teams also claim the second spot.
North Texas last competed on November 23 posting a second place finish out of nine schools at the Husker Invite featuring the likes of Rice, Colorado State, Iowa State, and Nebraska. Rice won the meet followed by North Texas then Colorado State.
The team also set six new school records in the 100 Freestyle, 1000 Freestyle, 1650 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 Butterfly, and the 800 Freestyle Relay.