Burd Named SEC Freshman of the Week
Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina’s Sterling Burd has been named SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday. Burd is coming off of her best performance of the year at the Virginia Tech Invitational where she established an entirely new set of personal best times.
Burd and South Carolina’s women competed against swimmers from No. 20 Duke and No. 23 Virginia Tech at the invitational.
A native of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Burd began her competition slate in the 500 free where she swam a 4:48.09 in the preliminary heat to set a new personal best time. Her time makes her the third fastest 500 free swimmer on the team this season.
She then went on the lower her personal best time in the prelims of the 200 free as well, shaving over 1.5 seconds off for a new PR of 1:51.73.
In the 200 fly, Burd earned the highest finish of her career, placing third with a new personal best time of 2:00.69. Burd, wrapped up her competition season by swimming a time trial in the 100 fly where she set a new PR of 55.98.
This honor marks the first SEC recognition of Burd’s career. She is the third Gamecock woman to be named SEC Freshman of the Week this season with Amy Riordan earning the honor in Weeks 3 and 8, and Meaghan Harnish earning the honor in Week 10.
South Carolina swimming & diving will compete next at the SEC Championships Feb. 14-18, in College Station, Texas. More information on the Championships, including schedule of events and streaming links can be found here.
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