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Sarah Close
  • Red-shirt Senior
  • Diving
  • Clearwater, Fla./Dunedin/Houston
  • Club Coach: David Anderson
Collegiate Bests
1m Springboard 273.15 (Tenn., 2001)
3m Springboard 292.25 (Alabama, 2000)

National/International Competition: Finished 22nd on the platform, 23rd on the one-meter and 28th on the three-meter at the Indoor Championsips...Advanced to the Indoor Diving Nationals for the first time on all three boards...Advanced to the finals at the 1998 Junior Nationals on platform...competed in the 1997 Nationals on all three boards...

2000-2001: Competed at the NCAA Diving Zones...Scored a collegiate best 273.15 points in the one-meter diving event against Tennessee...Placed third in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events in a double dual meet with Indian River and Florida Atlantic...Scored 271.13 points in the three-meter diving for a fourth place finish as Florida upset Texas...Finished seventh in the one-meter springboard finals with a score of 243.95 and scored 365.85 points to finish in fourth place at the Georgia Diving Invitational...Scored 260.20 points on the one-meter and 262.50 points on the three-meter diving events against Auburn...Placed eighth on the one-meter springboard and ninth on the three-meter springboard at the Alabama Diving Invitational...against FSU had scores of 231.00 and 229.13 on the one-meter springboard and the three-meter springboard, respectively...placed second on the three-meter springboard with a score of 260.25 against TCU...took second on the one-meter springboard (265.64) and fourth on the three-meter springboard (277.87) vs. SMU...finished fourth on the three-meter springboard with a score of 256.05 at the SEC Eastern Division Dual Meet Extravaganza...placed third on both the one-meter (144.60) and three-meter (292.25) springboards against Alabama...

At Houston: Took second on the three-meter springboard and third on the one-meter springboard against Texas A&M in her freshman season...redshirted the 1999-2000 season due to injury...

High School: A 1998 graduate of Dunedin HS...a two-time Florida 5A State Champion one-meter springboard as a junior and senior...her sophomore year, took fourth on the one-meter board at the state meet, and her freshman campaign, took sixth in the same event at the state meet...a three-time district and conference champion...received All-American honors in 1996 and 1997...named the most valuable athlete at Dunedin three years...served as team captain from 1995 until 1997...

Club: Member of Suncoast Diving, and coached by David Anderson...

Personal: Born Sarah Close on March 17, 1980 in Augusta, Ga... daughter of Steven and Mary Close...member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes...enjoys writing, singing, outdoor activities and serving God...chose UF for "both the academic reputation and the strength of the swim/dive team"...majoring in human resource development and minoring in children's literature.

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