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Sarah Barton from Huntersville, North Carolina has announced her intention to swim at the University of Nebraska beginning in the 2020-21 season. A two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Barton specializes in backstroke and IM. She had significant drops across the board from her freshman year to her sophomore year of high school. As a junior at Southlake Christian Academy, she won both the 100 back (setting the state record with 56.57) and 200 IM (2:05.99, only .30 off the state record) at the 2019 North Carolina Independent Schools Division 2 State Championships.
Barton swims year-round for SwimMAC Carolina. She competed at 2019 Speedo Junior Nationals but her best LCM times came earlier in the summer at North Carolina LSC Senior Long Course Championships. There, she improved her lifetime bests in the 100/200/400 free, 100 back, 100 fly, and 200/400 IM. She finished 9th in the 200 free and 12th in the 400 free and was top-8 in the 100/200 back and 200/400 IM. Her 100m back time of 1:04.41 qualified her for Winter Nationals. She has a Summer Juniors cut of 2:17.60, which came from the 2018 LSC Championships, in the 200m back.
In SCY, Barton was a finalist in the 200y back at 2018 Winter Juniors East. She finished 18th in finals with a personal-best time of 1:58.79. She also competed in the 100 back, 200 IM, and 400 IM.
Barton will overlap a year with Nebraska’s top 2018-19 backstroker, junior Autumn Haebig (53.60) and with juniors Clara Walstad (55.23) and Isabelle Murray (55.67). It took 54.31/1:58.80 to score in the 100/200 backstroke events at 2019 B1G Women’s Championships.
Top SCY times:
- 100 back – 56.57
- 200 back – 1:58.79
- 200 IM – 2:05.99
- 400 IM – 4:29.03
“I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my swimming and academic career at the University of Nebraska!! I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and teachers that have supported me through this process. Nebraska is an amazing place an I cannot wait to join my future coaches and teammates! GBR!!!”
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