Buroker receives All-American acclaim

The sophomore distance swimmer is the first All-American in Penn women’s swimming history.

Catherine Buroker swims in a pool during a meet.

Catherine Buroker, a sophomore distance swimmer on the women’s swimming and diving team, has been awarded All-American honors by the Collegiate Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America, making her the first Penn women’s swimmer to be named an All-American. 

Buroker, from Trumbull, Connecticut, placed second at the Ivy League Championships in Providence, Rhode Island, in February in the 1,000 free (9:39.60) and 1,650 free (16:09.76), and third in the 500 free (4:45.58). She broke her own school record in the 1,000 free and 1,650 free.

The NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 18-21 at the University of Georgia, were canceled because of the coronavirus. Buroker qualified for the 500 free and the 1,650 free for the second year in a row, becoming only the second Penn women’s swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships two times (Shelby Fortin, a 2014 alumna, was the first). Last year, Buroker was the first freshman women’s swimmer at Penn to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

The Quakers finished fourth at the Ivy League Championships, the program’s fourth fourth-place finish in five years. The team had a 3-6 record (2-5 in conference) when the season was adjourned.