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Sara McLarty
  • Senior
  • Distance Freestyle/Individual Medley
  • DeLand, Fla. (DeLand)
  • Fifteen-time All-American
  • All-SEC
  • Four-time SEC Champion
  • US Open Champion
Career Best Times
(Yards)
Event Time Date Opponent
100 back 58.93 10.23.2003 Arkansas
200 back 02:02.0 01.09.2004 Arizona State
100 breast 01:07.7 10.23.2003 Arkansas
200 breast 02:22.4 11.11.2003 Florida State
200 free 01:47.8 01.24.2003 Auburn
500 free 04:39.4 2003 SEC Championships
1,000 free 09:36.8 11.23.2003 Georgia
1,650 free 16:02.6 2003 SEC Championships
200 IM 02:02.6 11.13.2003 Georgia
400 IM 04:07.8 2003 NCAA Championships
200 fly 01:59.1 10.25.2003 SMU Classic
(Short Course Meters)
Event Time Date Opponent
400 free 04:05.6 2004 NCAA Championships
400 IM 04:38.1 2004 NCAA Championships
200 breast 02:39.1 01.10.2004 Arizona State
1,500 free 16:04.7 01.10.2004 Arizona State
(Long Course Meters)
Event Time Date Opponent
200 free 02:02.9    
100 free 59.86 01.24.2004 Alabama
400 free 04:14.6 2003 US Open
800 free 08:37.9 01.23.2004 Auburn
200 IM 02:16.2    
400 IM 04:44.6 02.12.2004 USA Nationals
200 fly 02:13.5    

UF All-Time Ranking: Second in the 400 IM (4:07.84) … Fourth in the 500 free (4:39.42) … Fourth in the 1,650 free (16:02.60) … Tenth in the 200 fly (1:59.13) … Tied for third, fifth, seventh and 10th in the 800 FR (7:07.82, 7:07.85, 7:09.03, 7:11.06).

National/International Competition: Swam the then third-fastest time in school history in the 400-meter IM (4:44.59) at the 2004 USA Spring Nationals (First in the prelims of the 400-meter IM, 4:48.41) … First in the 400 IM (4:45.38), a career best and an NCAA automatic qualifying time, and provisional qualifying times in the 200 IM, 200 free, and 200 at the 2003 U.S. Open (12/4-6) … Fifth in the 400 free (4:14.61), a career best time, seventh in the 200 fly (2:17.34), eighth in the 800 free (8:49.87) and a member of the third-place 800 FR team (8:19.53) and fifth place 400 FR team (3:54.22) at the US Open … Set career-best times in five events at the 2003 Summer Nationals … Runner-up in the 400-meter IM (4:46.71) at the 2003 Spring Nationals, and also finished fifth in the 400-meter free (4:15.59) and sixth in the 200-meter fly (2:13.49) and the 200-meter IM (2:18.46) … Earned the Female Swimmer High Points Award at the 2002 U.S. Open after winning her first U.S. Open title in the 400-meter (4:25.64) … Also finished runner-up in the 400-meter IM (4:46.71), third in the 200-meter IM (2:19.00) and 800-meter free (8:44.28), fourth in the 200-meter fly (2:16.49) and 10th in the 200-meter free (2:04.69) … Competed in the 2002 Southeast Region Sectionals in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and was named the Women's High Point Champion of the meet, winning the 200-meter fly (2:15), 400-meter IM (4:54) and the 800-meter free (8:51) … Posted a 17th place finish in the 400-meter free (4:17.57) and finished 18th in the 800-meter free (8:48.96) at the 2002 swimming Nationals … Qualified for the national team U.S. Open Water 5K National Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., placing second (1:07.58) … Named to the World University Games roster in the 400-meter free … Placed sixth in the 400-meter free (4:16.71) at the 2001 World Championship Trials … Competed in the finals of five individual events (200- and 800-meter free, 200-meter fly, 200- and 400-meter IM) with four top-10 finishes, and was a member of the third place 800-meter FR team and anchored the ninth place 400-meter FR team at the 2000 U.S. Open ... At the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, recorded her personal best times in the preliminary events of the 400- and 800-meter free, and competed in the 200- and 400-meter IM … At the 2000 Spring Nationals, competed in the 400-meter IM and 200-meter IM (2:20) … At the 1999 Southeast Junior Championships took second in both the 400-meter free (4:21.65) and the 200-meter IM (2:21.35).

At Florida:
2003-04:
Earned four All-America honors … All-SEC … Academic All-SEC … SEC Champion in the 500 free … Eleven Olympic Trials qualifying marks … Twenty first place finishes … Twenty-nine top-three finishes … Third in the 400-meter free with the second fastest time in school history (4:05.64) and finished fifth in the 400-meter IM (4:38.47), but set a school record of 4:38.07 in the preliminaries at the NCAA Championships … Member of the fifth-place 800-meter FR team (7:57.90) at NCAAs … SEC Champion in the 500 free (4:41.73), runner-up in the 400 IM (4:10.66) and 1,650 free (16:03.98) at the SEC Championships … Member of the third-place 800 FR team (7:07.82) at SECs … Runner-up in the 200 free with a provisional time of 1:49.53 at Tennessee (1/31) … Two first place finishes vs. Alabama (1/24) in the 200-meter IM (2:20.03) and in the 100 free (59.86) … Swam an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 800-meter free (8:37.88) vs. No. 1 Auburn to win the event … Also swam an automatic qualifying time in the 400-meter free (4:14.61) for a first place finish vs. the Tigers … First in the 1,500-meter free with an automatic qualifying time (16:04.72) at the short course meters meet at Arizona State (1/10) … Won the 400 IM with an automatic qualifying time of 4:13.76 at No. 16 Arizona State (1/9) … Also recorded career best time in the 200 back (2:02.03) for at second place finish against ASU (1/9) … Finished first in the 200 free (1:49.85), and swam on the first-place 400 FR team (3:28.40) vs. Kentucky (1/3) … First in the 200 back (2:02.37) and 200 free (1:49.47) at South Carolina (11/14) … Won the 500 free (4:47.11) and 1,000 free (9:39.55) at Georgia (11/13) … Set the pool and meet record at SMU Classic in the 500 free (4:43.42) to finish first … Named Outstanding Swimmer at SMU Classic … First in the 200 fly (2:00.12), a provisional qualifying time, third best time in the 200 breast (2:22.41), and a member of the fourth place 400 MR team (3:57.06) vs. FSU (11/11) … Won the 200 IM with a career-best time (2:02.80), finished second in the 100 back (58.93), and third in the 100 breast (1:07.69) vs. Arkansas (10/23) … Swam an automatic qualifying time in the 400 IM (4:13.37) at the Florida Invitational … Second place finishes in the 200 free with a provisional time of 1:49.45, and as member of the200 FR (1:37.33) at the Florida Invitational … First in the 1,000 free (9:43.01), third-best time in the 200 back (2:03.34), and team won the 400 FR (3:29.78) at the Michigan-FAU (10/17) double dual meet.

2002-03: Earned five All-America honors in the 500 and 1,650 free, and the 400 IM … Also as a member of the 400 FR and 800 FR teams … Named to the Verizon Academic District III third-team … Academic All-SEC selection … Was nine one-hundredths of a second from breaking Tracy Caulkins 1984 record of 4:07.75 in the 400 IM, finishing fourth (4:07.84) at NCAA Championships … Also finished third in the 500 free (4:39.42) and fourth in the 1,650 free (16:02.60), both career best times … Earned four All-SEC honors in the 500 and 1,650 free, 400 IM and 800 FR … Won SEC titles in the 500 and 1,650 free with season-best times of 4:41.10 and 16:07.45 at SEC Championships ... Member of the 800 FR team that ranks sixth in school history with a time of 7:09.03 at the SECs ... Also finished runner-up in the 400 IM (4:11.43) ... Finished with a top-five time in 28 of 29 events she competed in dual meets … Won the 1,000 free (9:44.34) vs. Alabama (1/25) … Swam two qualifying times against Auburn (1/24), including a winning time of 4:45.10 in the 500 free and a second place finish in the 400 IM (4:13.49) … Finished first in the 200 back (2:02.98) … Won the 400 IM against Texas (1/11) with a provisional time of 4:15.08 … Swam a season-best time of 9:36.79 to win the 1,000 free vs. Georgia (11/23), and also won the 500 free (4:45.06) and placed second in the 200 IM … Won the 500 free with a season-best automatic qualifying time of 4:44.31 against Michigan (10/24) … Won the 1,650 free with an automatic qualifying time of 16:07.25 against LSU (10/11).

2001-02: Three All-America honors in the 400 IM, 1,650 free and the 800 FR … Finished fourth in the 1,650 (16:06.63) at NCAA Championships … Member of the 800 FR team that placed fourth in the NCAA Championships … Became one of the nation's top junior tri-athletes…Won her first title at SECs in the 1,650 free (16:12.20) beating defending champion and fellow Gator Janelle Atkinson ... Scored two other top-five finishes at SECs including a second in the 500 free (4:43.48) ... Tallied 21 top-three finishes out of a possible 24 competitions on the season, including nine wins ... Finished runner-up seven times … Featured on the Sunshine Networks "Gator Tales" with Robyn Sieron … Finished first in the 200 free against Florida Atlantic (2/9) in 1:50.48 … Won the 200 IM (2:05.42) vs. Tennessee (2/2) … Posted three wins against Clemson (11/9), including the 500 (4:54.95) and 1,000 free (9:56.50) and the 400 IM (4:20.49).

2000-01: Honorable mention All-SEC … In her first NCAA Championships she earned All-America honors in the 500 and 1,650 free and honorable mention All-America in the 400 IM … Third in the 500 free (4:46.68) at SEC Championships … Finished first in the 1,000 free (9:51.24) and the 200 fly (2:02.22) and had the top time as an exhibitionist in the 200 IM (2:04.21) against Tennessee (2/3) … Touched the wall first in 2:03.17 in the 200 fly against Texas (1/13) … Placed third in the 1,000 free (10:05.10) against Auburn and Arizona State (1/6) … Touched the wall in 2:04.21 in the 200 fly vs. Auburn (1/5) … Placed first in the 200 IM (2:05.98) and the 200 back (2:05.36) against FSU (11/17) … Was the team's sole first-place finisher at the SEC Eastern Division Dual Meet Extravaganza in the 400 IM (4:22.89) … Won the 1,650 free (16:41.73), in addition to placing third in the 200 fly (2:05.89) vs. Alabama (10/21).

High School: A 2000 graduate of DeLand High School … The first DeLand swimmer to win a state title since 1941 … Won the 200 IM at the 3A State Meet her senior year … Also took second in the 500 free … Named the Volusia County Swimmer of the Year in 1998 and 1999 … Also ran cross country and track.

Club: Member of Daytona Beach Swim Club coached by Steve Lochte.


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