NASHVILLE, Tennessee, February 15. THE 2007 Sun Belt Conference swimming and diving championships started on Thursday as Florida Atlantic's women's team leads after day one while Western Kentucky University holds onto the top spot in the men's race.
WKU's 200 freestyle relay team picked up the nights first final winning the event with a time of 1:35.20. They were closely followed by FAU whose time was 1:35.34.
Southern Illinois picked up the win in the men's 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:21.64.
In the nights second event two records fell as FAU's Lauren Shue stormed through the 500 freestyle with a new Sun Belt Conference record time of 4:51.55. Only five short minutes later the men's 500 freestyle SBC Championship record would be broken as SIU's Antonio Santoro swam a blazing 4:24.48. Both Shue's and Santoro's times meet the NCAA B standard.
Victor Serra won the men's 200 individual medley giving Missouri State their first win of the night. His time of 1:50.09 was just shy of the NCAA B standard but is a new SBC record.
FAU's Eren Onurlu broke his own SBC record in the 50 freestyle as he took home the win for the Owls with a time of 20.16 seconds. On the women's side Kelsey Totura of Denver took home the gold in the women's 50 free with a time of 23.41 seconds. Both times just did make the NCAA B standard.
MSU set another SBC record, this time in the 400 medley relay. The foursome of Eduardo Pajares, Greg Temple, Victor Serra and Ignacio Gayo recorded a time of 3:17.77 barely making the NCAA B standard.
As day one came to a close one thing would be for sure; every race counts. Only 38 points separates WKU, SIU, MSU and Denver on the men's side. FAU currently leads the women's competition with 242.5 points with WKU just behind with 187.5 points.
Women – Team Rankings – Through 10 Events
1. FAU 242.5
2. WKU 187.5
3. Denver 159
4. North Texas 117
5. FIU 71
6. New Orleans 68
7. UALR 48
Men – Team Rankings – Through 10 Events
1. WKU 182
2. SIU 178
3. MSU 164
4. Denver 144
5. FAU 79
6. Evansville 61