Originally from San Antonio, Texas Sarah Gibson chose to stay in-state and attend Texas A&M. She intends to major in Biomedical Engineering, and specializes in the butterfly and freestyle events. Born Apr. 20, 1995 to parents, William Gibson and Cheryl King, Gibson has been swimming competitively since she was just 5 years old. After graduating from Ronald Reagan High School Summa Cum Laude, Gibson chose A&M because it offered her the best chance of improvement, where she could reach her goals. She’s a versatile freestyler – she can sprint and and swim mid-distance, even opting to swim in Open Water competitions. For 10 years Gibson trained with Alamo Area Aquatics Association, coached by Larry Hough and Lou Walker.
As a freshman Gibson competed in the dual meet season. She swam at the Art Adamson Invitational, where she competed in the 50, 100, 200, 500, and the 1,650 freestyle. In the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle she had one of the top-five fastest times on the team.
After not swimming at the Conference meet her first year, she made top ‘A’ finals. She finished eighth in the 500 freestyle, 10th in the mile and fourth in the 200 freestyle at the SEC Championships. She qualified for the NCAA Championships, coming in as first alternate in the 5o0 and 27th in the 200 freestyle.
With each year of experience, Gibson took strides in the pool and in her junior year that came with a big change. After being a regular in the distance events, she mixed things up and added in the butterfly double. Gibson may have found her match.
At the NCAA championships, Gibson was the dark horse of the 100 butterfly, coming away with a silver behind Kelsi Worrell. In the 200 yard butterfly she reached the “A” final again finishing in 5th. In the 500 yard freestyle Gibson was the runner up in the “B” final.
Gibson finished fourth in the 100 Fly (50.63), and helped Texas A&M to a second place finish in the 4×100 Medley Relay, splitting a 50.28 for the Fly leg. Texas A&M again finished second in the 4×50 Medley Relay with Gibson swimming a 22.43 on the Fly leg. In the 200 Fly, Gibson swam a 1:54.68 in the finals to finish seventh.
Gibson was a high school All-American in the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay. She competed in the Junior Nationals and is a National Open Water competitor.
2017 US World Team Trials
In the first event of the evening on Day 1, Gibson finished third in the 200m Fly with a time of 2:08.75, just missing make the US Team in that event. Gibson did come back to make the team in the 100m Fly, finishing 0.6 behind winner Kelsi Worrell, making her eligible to also swim the 50m Fly in Budapest.
2017 World Championships
For only making the team in 1 event, Gibson had a busy worlds schedule. In the 100 fly, Gibson easily made the semis, but swam a 58.48 in the 2nd heat of semis, rendering her 15th and out of the final heat. Next she had the 50 fly prelims, which she swam in 26.65 to put her in a 3-way tie for 22nd. Her last event was the prelims of the 400 medley relay, in which she helped USA secure a plot in the final where they went on to claim gold.