TOWSON, Md. - Junior Kaitlin Burke won the 200-yard, 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle events to lead the Towson women's swimming and diving team to a 197-95 season-opening victory over William & Mary Saturday afternoon at Burdick Pool.
The Tigers (1-0, 1-0 CAA) started off the season strong behind the three-time Colonial Athletic Association champion Burke. Her time of 9:59.87 in the 1,000-yard freestyle paced the Tigers. Teammates Shelby Witham and Cassie Sorna were not far behind, finishing in second and third, respectively.
"It was kind of surprising," Towson head coach Pat Mead said. "I was caught off guard a little bit with how fast we swam, but I give them all the credit in the world. They started the season off on a high note."
The trio also finished the 500-yard freestyle occupying the top three spots. With Burke at the top, recording a time of 4:55.04, this time Sorna finished in second (timing 5:03.11) and Witham (5:03.53) third.
"Kaitlin was phenomenal," Mead said. "That is pretty remarkable. She was extremely impressive and had an amazing day."
Freshmen Jenna Van Camp and Charlotte Holz were also impressive in their first collegiate meet. Van Camp won the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events, while Holz chalked up three top-five finishes for the day. She finished second in the 200-yard backstroke, recording a time of 2:07.65, third in the 100-yard backstroke (58.62) and fifth in the 200-yard individual medley.
In the diving events, Lyndsey Dickson followed up a strong finish to her freshman year with a solid sophomore debut, winning the one-meter event with 272.00 points and the three-meter dive with 301.50 points.
The Tigers will have a few weeks off before returning to action on October 20 against Georgetown at Burdick Pool.