Andrea (Szekely) Burton, a Bowling Green native, burst onto the collegiate scene quickly, setting three MAC records in her freshman season, in the 100 yard butterfly, 200 fly and the 200 freestyle. Later that season, she was named the Swimmer of the Meet at the 1986 MAC Championships, winning four individual events and one relay in that meet. Burton, who appeared in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” following that meet, would win a total of six individual MAC titles and two relays in her career. She capped that season by competing at the NCAA meet.
She set three more BGSU records, all in freestyle events, as a junior. At the time of her graduation, she held seven school records and three relay records. Burton still holds four school records.
During her four years, the Falcons posted three second-place finishes and one third-place finish at the MAC Championships. In the classroom, Burton was a two-time Academic All-MAC At-Large selection. At her final MAC meet, in 1989, she was named the Outstanding Senior Swimmer.
Burton was part of a swimming family. Her brothers, Les, Pete and Alex Szekely, all preceded Andrea as swimming letterwinners at BGSU.
(Information on this page courtesy bgsufalcons.com press release, August 13, 2001.)