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Last swim season, sophomore Brianne Burton had a notable rookie entrance with the Tartans. Achieving All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events and making it to competition at the UAA championships, Burton proves to be a promising contender for future success with the swimming program at Carnegie Mellon. Burton took some time to chat with The Tartan about some of her personal favorites and her collegiate life so far, with hopes of continuing to make a splash at this year’s UAA championship meet right around the corner.

Tartan: Was being a part of the swimming and diving team a factor in your decision to come to Carnegie Mellon? Why?

Burton: Yes. I knew that I wanted to swim no matter where I went, and when I came to visit Carnegie Mellon I really liked the swimmers that I met. They were a lot more welcoming than teams at the other schools I visited.

T: Where would you like your degree in materials science and engineering to take you for a career?

B: At this point, I want to go into industry for biomaterials or tissue engineering. But I’ll find out how I like that when I do research this summer.

T: What dorm did you live in your first year at Carnegie Mellon? What did you like most about living there?

B: I lived in New House [now called Stever House] on the third floor. I couldn’t have been happier anywhere else. Even though the rooms are small, it’s definitely the best place to live, especially if you are lucky enough to have awesome floormates like I did. I have my own house now, but I still miss being right down the hall from all of my friends.

T: What is your favorite item of clothing that you have in your wardrobe?

B: My big blue sweater. First of all, my grandma knit it for me. Also, it’s the warmest thing I have so I have worn it a lot this winter.

T: Do you have any pets? What are they and what are their names?

B: I have a dog at home named Chase. In the spring, my roommates and I are getting a turtle. We haven’t decided what to name it yet, but some possibilities include Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael. I’m pulling for Raphael.

T: What is your favorite thing to eat after a long day at a swim meet?

B: Usually pasta because I am too tired to make anything else.

T: Have you had any professors or classes that have had a certain impact on you so far?

B: I actually came here as a bio major, but I liked my Intro to Biomedical Engineering course so much that I decided to switch into CIT.

T: Any thoughts on the Super Bowl or its aftermath?

B: Best riot ever.

The Tartans swimming and diving teams take to the pool this upcoming weekend for this year’s UAA championships.