Sara Gilbert
Sprint Free, Back

Sara Gilbert

Sprint Free, Back

Year Senior
Height 5-7
Hometown Atlanta, Ga.
Last School St. Pius X Catholic
Club Team Dynamo Swim Club
Sara Gilbert

Biography

2017-18 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2015-16 ACC Academic Honor Roll

 

2017-18 (Junior): Competed for the Yellow Jackets in the 50 and 100 free, and in the 100 and 200 back events … Also a key member of the relay teams … Recorded three NCAA B qualifying times in the 100 back on the season – 54.75, 54.81 and 54.91 … Posted new career-best times of 23.51 in the 50 free, 51.66 in the 100 free, 26.06 in the 50 back, 54.75 in the 100 back and 1:59.43 in the 200 back … Turned in the fourth-best time of the year for the Jackets in both the 100 back (54.75), which ranks seventh all-time in Tech history, and in the 200 back (1:59.43), which is ninth all-time in the Tech record books … Also had the fifth-fastest time on the season for Tech in the 50 free (23.51) and the sixth-best mark in the 100 free (51.66) … Swam the third leg on Tech’s third (3:24.95) and fourth-fastest (3:25.32) 400 free relay units for the year … Also swam the final leg of the fourth-best 200 free relay (1:34.49) time for GT on the season … Registered nine top-five individual finishes on the season … Touched the wall with a runner-up finish in the 100 back (57.43) at SCAD … Finished third overall in the 100 back (57.01) versus Delta State and in both the 50 free (24.34) and the 100 back (56.84) in the dual meet against Emory … Placed fourth overall in the 100 back (56.87) at Notre Dame and in the 100 back (57.52) at Northwestern … Turned in a fifth-place finish in the 100 free (54.71) at SCAD and in the 100 back (57.51) in the dual meet at South Carolina … Finished 13th overall in the 100 back (54.81) and 15th in the 200 back (1:59.52) at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Competed for the Jackets in the 50 free (23.51), 100 back (54.75) and the 200 back (1:59.43) at the 2018 ACC Championships … 2018 team co-captain … A member of the team’s Leadership Council.

2016-17 (Sophomore): Provided much needed depth at the freestyle and backstroke positions, swimming for Tech in the 50 and 100 free events, as well as the 100 and 200 back events on the year … Posted new career-best times in the 100 free (53.39), 100 back (55.01) and 200 back (2:00.53) events … Recorded the second-fastest time on the team in the 100 back (55.01) and the fifth-best mark in the 200 back (2:00.53) … Also registered the seventh-best time of the season for Tech in the 50 free (23.84) and the 10th-best mark in the 100 free (53.39) … Swam the first leg of both the third-fastest 200 medley relay (1:42.22) and 400 medley relay (3:42.20) times on the year … Took first-place wins in both the 50 back (26.65) and 150 back (1:32.04) in the half-double meet versus Georgia Southern … Finished second in the 100 back (56.75) in the dual meet with Georgia and third in the 100 back (56.49) versus Notre Dame … Recorded a fourth-place finish in the 100 back (57.29) versus BC and Pitt, in the 200 back (2:04.89) against Cincinnati and FAU, in the 200 back (2:04.79) versus Alabama and in the 100 back (56.98) in the regular season finale versus Florida State and SCAD … Placed 14th overall in the 100 back (55.47) at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Competed for the Jackets in the 50 free (23.84), 100 back (55.01) and 200 back (2:00.61) at the 2017 ACC Championships.

2015-16 (Freshman): Made an immediate impact on the team, adding depth to freestyle and backstroke events … Earned her first collegiate dual meet win at Pitt in the 100 back … Swam career-best 100 back at ACC Championships with a time of 55.08, good enough to put her sixth in Tech’s all-time top-10 list … Was a top-six sprinter for the Jackets in the 50 free with a time of 23.69 for the season.

Before Tech: Lettered for four years in swimming at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta … Was a team captain for three years … Also competed in cross country … Was the runner-up at the state championship in the backstroke in both 2012 and 2015 … Named the team MVP in 2014 and 2015 … Named by USA Swimming as all-American in the 100 back in 2015 … Awarded the Coaches Award in 2013 … Holds the school record at St. Pius in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.85 … On the honor roll all eight semesters of high school … A member of the student council in both her junior and senior years … Was the president of the Fly-Fishing Club … Also served as the co-president for her school’s spirit club.

Personal: Full name is Sara Ann Gilbert … Daughter of Bob and Margaret Gilbert … Born May 14, 1997 in Lawrenceville, Ga. … Mother was the first swimming all-American at Virginia Tech … Father also swam at Virginia Tech … Has three siblings – Katy, Jill and Mary … Chose Georgia Tech because of the academics offered and the relationship she formed with the team on her recruiting trip … Majoring in industrial engineering.

 

Gilbert’s Career Top Times (through 4/1/18)
EVENTTIMEMEET
50 Free23.512018 ACC Championships
100 Free51.662018 ACC Time Trials
50 Back26.06 (s) 2017 Georgia Tech Invitational
100 Back54.752018 ACC Championships
200 Back1:59.432018 ACC Championships
relay split (s)