Rowland Named CAA Scholar-Athlete For @Towson_SWIMDIVE
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 04/09/2013

RICHMOND, Va. - Towson University junior swimmer Melanie Rowland has been named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete, it has been announced by CAA officials.

The CAA honors one scholar-athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on her team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. Rowland, a double major in family science and psychology, holds a 3.89 grade point average.

“Melanie truly is the full package as a student-athlete,” Towson head coach Pat Mead said. “She has demonstrated year after year that she takes her academics very seriously. It is a point of pride for our program. We want student-athletes who are very curious about their academics as well as someone who is very curious about being the best in their sport. Melanie has taken that to the highest level. She is a great role model for our team. I’m very proud of her and she worked very, very hard to earn this award.”

At the CAA Championships this past season, Rowland scored the sixth-most points (49) in the meet among dozens of participants. She swam a leg on the Tigers’ winning 800-yard freestyle relay team, placed second in the 200-yard butterfly with an NCAA B cut time of 1:59.06, finished third in 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.73 and was third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:50.57.

Rowland earned honorable mention Scholar All-America honors multiple times from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and is also a three-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient.

She is also the first woman in the history of Towson's program to qualify for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, in which she competed in late June in the 200-meter butterfly.

Selected as a team captain last season, Rowland in part holds two Tiger relay records in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle events. She swam the second-fastest time in school history in the 200-yard butterfly earlier this season in 1:57.89.

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