Burke '10 Third at Olympic Trials
FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON-I Am Third was a best-selling book written by NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers. The book was the inspiration for the television movie Brian's Song, a 1970s tear-jerker.
There were no tears shed Thursday night by Rider University graduate Amanda Burke '10, despite the fact that she fell just short of her dream to compete in the XXX Olympiad.
"If I dive well and make it to the finals, I'll be very happy," Burke said before the US Olympic Trials began.
Burke did make it to the finals, and appeared extremely happy, smiling and waving to the national television audience throughout the finals Thursday night.
Burke and her partner, Summer Allman, placed third in the finals of the 3-meter Synchronized Springboard dive Thursday night at the US Olympic Team Trials.
Burke, the three-time Rider female Athlete of the Year, and Allman compiled 806.10 points to move up to third place. They were fourth after the preliminary round and fifth after the semifinals.
Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston won the event with 956.40 points, barely defeating Kassidy Cook and Christina Loukas, who compiled 955.98 points.
Burke is from Richboro, PA and is a 2005 graduate of William Tennent High School. As a senior at Rider Burke was the Eastern College Athletic Conference Champion and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion in both the one-meter and the three-meter dives, earning Diver of the Year honors at both championships while leading Rider to the MAAC Title for the first time since 2003.
Burke owns all five Rider team diving records and all four Rider Pool diving records, as well as both MAAC diving records.
Last August, Burke qualified for the Olympic Trials in two events, by placing second in three-meter synchronized dive and sixth in the three-meter dive at the U. S. National Diving Championships, held at UCLA.
She also won the one-meter dive at the AT&T National Championships last summer, but that is not an Olympic event.
Amanda will now defend her National Title in the one-meter at various national and international events.
In the 3m synchro Amanda may have finished third, but at Rider she will always be number one in our hearts.