NASHVILLE, Tennessee, February 17. LED by second place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay, 800-free relay and three-meter diving, the University of North Texas grabbed the early lead in the women's competition on the first day of the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Swimming and Diving Championship. On the men's side, Western Kentucky University holds a slim two-point lead over the University of Denver.
The North Texas women's team finished the evening with 116 points while WKU and Florida Atlantic rounded out the top three with 106 and 89 points, respectively.
WKU leads a very tightly contested men's meet with 74 points. Denver checked in with 72 points while University of New Orleans (66) and Florida Atlantic (60) round out the men's field.
There were several highlights on day one of competition.
WKU's women's 200-medley relay team set a Sun Belt Conference championship meet record with a time of 1:40.61, which is an NCAA B standard qualifying time. North Texas was second in 1:43.39.
The WKU men trailed UNO in the last leg of the men's 200 medley relay only to come back and win the race by three-hundredths of a second (1:30.55).
The University of Denver swept the 800 free relays with the women registering an NCAA B qualifying standard in 7:20.04 while the men's squad turned in a winning time of 6:32.25.
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