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Top 10 Moments - No. 7 Burke Leads Tigers to Title
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 06/19/2014
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TOWSON, Md. - The 2013-14 school year was filled with plenty of thrills on the courts, the fields and in the pool for the Tigers. Over the next several weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, TowsonTigers.com will reveal the top 10 moments as voted on by members of the athletics staff.

The top 10 continues with as the women’s swimming and diving team claimed their second straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title behind a big performance from their senior All-American.


 No. 7 – With success comes expectations. For the Tiger women’s swimming and diving team, having won five of the last six CAA titles entering the 2013-14 season meant expecting a chance at the title again.

The Tigers got off to a good start on day one of the conference meet. Towson won the 800-yard freestyle relay in 7:11.56 and qualified for the NCAA meet as a result. The group was comprised of Kendall Towe, Charlotte Holz, Melanie Rowland and Kaitlin Burke broke the previous school record of 7:14.59 set in 2011. It was one of three school records broken on the day to put the Tigers in second place after the first day of action.

Day two of the CAA Championship brought more success for the Tigers. In the 500-yard freestyle of the event's eight finalists, six wore black and gold, propelling the Tigers to a magnificent performance. Burke, Cassie Sorna, Towe, Liz Saint and Shelby Witham finished first through fifth, respectively, in the event for Towson. Caroline Hodgins finished eighth in the finals of the event for the Tigers. Burke posted a winning time of 4:41.07 to help move Towson into first place after the second day.

Burke picked up another individual title for the Tigers on day three. She won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.46, breaking her own CAA meet record of 1:46.69 set last year. Burke saw several of her teammates also pick up success in that event as as  Holz placed second and Rowland third. Tiger freshman Macey Arnold was fifth, while Towe finished seventh. Towson held onto their lead in the team standings after day three.

On the final day of the CAA Championship, again it was Burke winning an individual title and being followed by several of her teammates to the podium. Burke claimed first place in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:11.55. The Tigers had the top six finishers in the event, as Sorna, Saint, Witham, Arnold and Hodgins finished behind Burke. That coming along with several other strong performances lifted the Tigers to the CAA title. For her efforts in the meet, Burke was named the CAA Swimmer of the Meet.

Burke, Rowland and Sorna went on to compete in the NCAA Tournament for the Tigers.

To read more about the success that allowed the Tigers to win their sixth CAA title in the last seven years, click on the specific day – day one, day two, day three, day four.

Check back on June 24 to see what moment number six is for the top 10 countdown.

Top 10 Moments from 2013-14
June 5 – Honorable Mention Choices
June 10 – No. 10 – A Buzzer Beater Victory
June 12 – No. 9 – A Freshman Wins the CAAs

June 17 - No. 8 - A Big Game Against Temple

 


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