CAA Announces Women's Swimming & Diving Awards
RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2013) – Towson junior Kaitlin Burke (Baltimore, Md.) was chosen as the 2013 CAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year and James Madison senior Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va.) was selected as the CAA Women’s Diver of the Year in a vote by the league’s head coaches.
Joining Burke and Helfrich as major award winners in women’s swimming and diving were UNCW freshman Jenson Engen (Verona, Wisc.) and Towson freshman Hannah Snyder (Cary, N.C.), who were named Co-Rookie Swimmers of the Year, and JMU freshman Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla.), who was selected as the Rookie Diver of the Year. In addition, Towson’s Pat Mead was selected as women’s swimming Coach of the Year for the sixth time and JMU’s Becky Benson earned women’s diving Coach of the Year honors for the fourth year in a row.
Burke earned honorable mention All-America honors after placing 13th at the NCAA Championship in the 1,650 freestyle. Her time of 16:09.1 in the event was the second-fastest in CAA history. She also placed 35th in the 500 freestyle and 42nd in the 200 freestyle at the NCAA Championship. Burke was selected as the Co-Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet at the 2013 CAA Championship after winning three individual events and a relay. The junior captured the 1650 free (16:18.44) and the 500 free (4:43.53) for the second year in a row and took first place in the 200 free (1:46.69) for the second time in her career. She was also a member of the Tigers’ first-place 800 freestyle relay team. Burke is Towson’s third CAA Swimmer of the Year, joining Jennifer Irby (2005) and Meredith Budner (2009 and 2011).
Helfrich received CAA Diver of the Year honors for the second time in the past three seasons. The senior was honored as the Outstanding Diver of the Meet at the 2013 CAA Championship. She won the 1-meter competition with 299.85 points and also took first place on the 3-meter board with 327.00 points. At the NCAA Zone A Diving Championship, Helfrich finished fifth in the 3-meter competition with 590.35 points. Helfrich, who also earned the award in 2011, is one of only three JMU athletes to be named Diver of the Year, joining Amanda Kuehl (1996) and Nicole Jotso (2012).
Engen posted top-five finishes in two individual events and two relays at the 2013 CAA Championship. The freshman placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.81 after registering an NCAA “B” Cut time of 1:01.54 in the prelims. She was also fifth in the 200 breaststroke with an NCAA “B” Cut time of 2:15.80, which broke the UNCW school record by two seconds. Engen was a member of the Seahawks’ 200 medley relay that placed third.
Snyder contributed 32 points for Towson at the 2013 CAA Championship, which was the most of any freshman. She placed seventh in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.40 after turning in a 2:03.20 effort in the prelims. Snyder posted an eighth-place finish in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:24.65 and her 4:20.99 performance in the prelims broke the Towson freshman record in the event set by All-American Meredith Budner. She was also the consolation finals champion in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:17.29.
Alexander finished fourth in both diving events at the 2013 CAA Championship. The freshman compiled a score of 251.50 in the 1-meter competition and had a score of 256.20 in the 3-meter competition. She is the third JMU athlete to earn Rookie Diver of the Year honors in the past four years, joining Helfrich (2010) and Alex Savage (2012).
Mead received CAA Swimming Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time overall and the fifth time in the last six seasons after guiding Towson to its fifth conference championship. The Tigers topped defending champion James Madison by 48 points. Benson was named CAA Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row after the Dukes had three divers place among the top four finishers on both boards at the conference championship.
In addition to the 2013 major award winners in women’s swimming and diving, the following individuals and relay teams received All-CAA accolades based on their performances at the CAA Championship.
50-Freestyle: Carly Tanner, UNCW; Megan Howard, William & Mary; Morgan Whyte, Delaware
100-Freestyle: Carly Tanner, UNCW; Megan Howard, William & Mary; Amanda Barber, Towson
200-Freestyle: Kaitlin Burke, Towson; Jen Bentley, William & Mary; Anna Susko, James Madison
500-Freestyle: Kaitlin Burke, Towson; Cassaundra Sorna, Towson; Melanie Rowland, Towson
1650-Freestyle: Kaitlin Burke, Towson; Cassaundra Sorna, Towson; Caylyn Tate, William & Mary
100-Butterfly: Andrea Criscuolo, James Madison; Victoria Oslund, Towson; Melanie Rowland, Towson
200-Butterfly: Andrea Criscuolo, James Madison; Melanie Rowland, Towson; Jessica Hubert, Old Dominion
100-Breaststroke: Carly Tanner, UNCW; Sin Hye Won, James Madison; Shannon Dubay, James Madison
200-Breaststroke: Kelsey Holmgaard, James Madison; Sin Hye Won, James Madison; Shannon Dubay, JMU
100-Backstroke: Paige Impink, George Mason; Hannah Stephenson, UNCW; Andrea Criscuolo, James Madison
200-Backstroke: Kimberley Rashleigh, Old Dominion; Melissa Davis, George Mason; Anna Susko, James Madison
200-Individual Medley: Kelsey Holmgaard, James Madison; Kimberley Rashleigh, ODU; Shannon Dubay, JMU
400-Individual Medley: Kimberley Rashleigh, Old Dominion; Kelsey Holmgaard, JMU; Julia Sepulveda, Northeastern
200-Freestyle Relay: William & Mary (Megan Howard, Sara Shaner, Noelle Klockner, Greta Schneider)
UNCW (Carly Tanner, Hannah Stephenson, Chelsea Tomko, Rachel Sears)
James Madison (Susanne Gingher, Kelsey Holmgaard, Caroline Burns, Andrea Criscuolo)
400-Freestyle Relay: William & Mary (Megan Howard, Gabrielle Mizerak, Jen Bentley, Sara Shaner)
James Madison (Kelsey Holmgaard, Susanne Gingher, Carli Molano, Andrea Criscuolo)
Towson (Amanda Barber, Melanie Rowland, Charlotte Holz, Kaitlin Burke)
800-Freestyle Relay: Towson (Caroline Hodgins, Kaitlin Burke, Charlotte Holz, Melanie Rowland)
James Madison (Kelsey Holmgaard, Anna Susko, Morgan Johnson, Aimee Hooper)
William & Mary (Jen Bentley, Hannah Vester, Gabrielle Mizerak, Caylyn Tate)
200-Medley Relay: James Madison (Caroline Burns, Sin Hye Won, Andrea Criscuolo, Susanne Gingher)
William & Mary (Gabrielle Mizerak, Courtney Mizerak, Megan Howard, Sara Shaner)
UNCW (Hannah Stephenson, Jenson Engen, Rachel Sears, Carly Tanner)
400-Medley Relay: James Madison (Caroline Burns, Sin Hye Won, Andrea Criscuolo, Susanne Gingher)
Towson (Amanda Skroupa, Jenna Van Camp, Melanie Rowland, Kaitlin Burke)
William & Mary (Noelle Klockner, Lindsey Winston, Megan Howard, Sara Shaner)
One-Meter Dive: Kimberly Helfrich, James Madison; Alex Savage, James Madison; Natalee Szopo, TowsonThree-Meter Dive: Kimberly Helfrich, James Madison; Lyndsey Dickson, Towson; Alex Savage, James Madison