Sara al Khatib
2019-20 (r-Junior): Freestyle swimmer who set new personal bests this season in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free … Set new career bests in the 200 free (1:58.47), 500 free (5:05.42) and 1650 free (17:31.18) at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Finished third in the 1000 free with a time of 10:51.01 and also earned a top-6 finish in the 500 free (5:22.49) against Georgia Southern and SCAD … Finished fifth in the 1000 free with a time of 10:33.32, and also swam in the 500 free (5:21.08) against Florida State … Competed in the 1000 free against South Carolina (10:35.46) and Auburn (10:37.46) … Opened the season competing in the 500 free (5:14.11) and 1000 free (10:32.79) at the Rice Invitational.
2018-19 (Junior): Redshirted.
2017-18 (Sophomore): Competed for the Yellow Jackets in six events over the fall season … Swam for Tech in the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free events … Recorded the fifth-fastest time of the season for the Yellow Jackets in the 1000 free (10:28.66) … Also posted the fifth-best time of the year for Tech in the 1650 free (17:43.82) and the seventh-fastest time in the 500 free (5:04.14) … Totaled eight top-10 finishes on the year … Touched the wall in fourth-place overall in the 1000 free (10:32.53) at Northwestern and in the 1650 free (17:46.31) in the dual meet versus Delta State … Finished sixth overall in the 500 free (5:11.65) versus Pittsburgh … Also placed sixth in the 1000 free (10:29.46) at Notre Dame and in the 1000 free (10:28.66) at nationally ranked Georgia … Touched the wall in seventh-place in the 500 free (5:10.12) at Notre Dame and in the 1000 free (10:37.38) in the season-opening meet versus Pittsburgh … Finished eighth in the 500 free (5:24.33) at Northwestern … Posted an 18th-place finish in the 1650 free (17:43.82) at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
2016-17 (Freshman): Competed for the Jackets in the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free events on the season … Set career-best times of 1:54.38 in the 200 free, 5:00.59 in the 500 free, 10:17.11 (split) in the 1000 free and 17:01.67 in the 1650 free on the year … Recorded the third-fastest time for the Yellow Jackets on the season in both the 1000 free (10:17.11) and the 1650 free (17:01.67) … Also posted the fourth-best time for Tech in the 500 free (5:00.59) and the ninth-fastest time in the 200 free (1:54.38) … Was a member of the 800 free relay team that turned in the third-fastest time of the year for Tech at 7:46.32 at the GT Invitational … Totaled 12 top-10 individual finishes on the year … Took fourth in the 1000 free (10:46.91) in the double-dual meet with Boston College and Pitt and in the 1650 free (17:49.20) against Alabama … Placed fifth overall in the 1000 free (10:35.74) in the dual meet against Georgia and in the 1000 free (10:41.44) at the tri-meet in Florida against both Cincinnati and FAU … Finished in sixth-place in the 250 free (2:33.47) versus Georgia Southern, in the 500 free (5:16.46) against BC and Pitt and in the 1000 free (10:44.14) versus SCAD and Florida State … Swam for the Jackets in the 200 free (1:54.38), 500 free (5:00.59) and 1650 free (17:01.67) at the 2017 ACC Championships.
Before Tech: Swam for a total of four years, two at International College and her final two years at Immaculate High School in Danbury, Conn. … Also lettered in track and field for two seasons … Was a two-time team captain in swimming … Was the Connecticut High School Class M state champion in both the 200 and 500 free events … Also came in first-place at the 2015 Connecticut Senior Championships in both the 500 free and 1000 free events … A two-time all-state selection … A four-time team MVP honoree … Named the International College Athlete of the Year as a sophomore … Set high school records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free events … Also competed at the 2013 World Junior Swimming Championships for her home country of Lebanon … Was named to the honor roll in both her junior and senior seasons … A member of the National Honors Society …. Awarded the Community Service Award as a senior.
Personal: Lived in Ridgefield, Conn. where she attended Immaculate High School … Also enjoys running, biking, hiking and other outdoor activities … Started swimming when she was five years old … Most memorable non-athletic accomplishment was moving to the United States alone to finish high school … Chose Georgia Tech for the swimming team, its excellence in academics and great facilities … Intends to major in civil engineering.
|al Khatib’s Career Top Times (through 4/1/18)|
|200 Free||1:54.38||2017 ACC Championships|
|500 Free||5:00.59||2016 Georgia Tech Invitational|
|1000 Free||10:17.11 (s)||2017 ACC Championships|
|1650 Free||17:01.67||2017 ACC Championships|
|* relay split (s)|