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Swimming and diving: North Texas takes lead at SBC meet

A pair of records were broken on Day 2 of the Sun Belt Conference Swimming & Diving Championships as North Texas’ Catia Weickgenant broke her own mark in the 500 free and Florida Atlantic’s Eszter Bucz set the new SBC-best time in the 200 individual medley on Thursday at the Rockwall Aquatic Center.

The Mean Green took the lead in the overall standings with a score of 295, just ahead of WKU’s 287. Florida International sits in third with 236 points, followed by FAU at 174 and Arkansas-Little Rock with 117.

Weickgenant touched the wall at 4:46.01 — a full second faster than her first-place time of 4:47.01 last year at the SBC championships. Teammates Kimmy Phillips and Jana Burkard finished second and third in the event and also eclipsed last year’s record with times of 4:46.23 and 4:46.27, respectively.

In the 200 IM, Bucz broke the record with a time of 1:58.48. FIU sophomore Johanna Gustafsdottir, who set the record last season at 1:59.14, came in second at 1:59.36.

WKU came in first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.55. The Mean Green took second in the event, touching the wall at 1:33.55.

Action resumes at 11 a.m. today with the preliminaries and finals of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 1-meter diving.