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Burke, Tanner, and Won Compete at NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 03/26/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (March 26, 2013) – Towson’s Kaitlin Burke, UNCW’s Carly Tanner, and James Madison’s Sin Hye Won represented the CAA at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship in Indianapolis, Ind.

Burke received honorable mention All-America honors after a 13th-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16.09.01. Her time was the second fastest in school history and was less than a minute off the top time set by the Tigers' Meredith Budner in 2011. Burke also competed in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. The Baltimore native posted a time of 4:45.52 in the 500 to bring home a 35th-place finish while recording a time of 1:47.92 in the 200 to earn a 42nd-place finish.

"I have stressed to Kaitlin that she has done the work and success should follow," Towson head coach Pat Mead said. "All year long we talked about believing in yourself, your team and your coaches. Today, Kaitlin did exactly that and more. I couldn't be prouder of her accomplishment this week at the NCAA's. I feel confident that many of her teammates, parents and alumni feel very proud of her accomplishment as well.  While her first two swims were good, her mile was exceptional."

Tanner became only the second swimmer in the history of the women’s program to represent UNCW in the NCAA meet. Tanner competed in three events, highlighted by a 21st-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. The senior from Manassas, Va., was seeded 20th overall entering the race and touched in 1:00.45 to tie with LSU’s Torrey Bussey for 21st place out of 48 entries. Tanner also posted a career-best 49.76 in the 100 freestyle, finishing with a 50th-place finish. She opened the meet by posting a 22.89 in the 50 free to place 46th in the event.

“Carly had a very good swim and we were very pleased,” said UNCW coach Dave Allen before leaving Indy. “She held together very well over the three days and to have her end her career like this is very gratifying. She closed out her career with a personal best and that caps a very successful career here at UNCW.”

Won became the first swimmer in JMU history to compete in the NCAA Championship. She turned in a time of 1:01.71 to finish 43rd overall in the 100 breast. Won holds the school record in the event with a time of 1:00.29 set at last month’s CAA Championships. The Springfield, Va. native also posted a time of 2:15.22 to finish 49th in the 200 breast.

“We are very proud of Sin Hye representing James Madison on a national stage,” JMU coach Samantha Smith said. “Although she didn’t record the times she was hoping for, we are happy with her success. She learned a lot, and gained some invaluable experience.”