Photo by Ranee McElderry Stewart
Sarah Lott, a senior this fall at Los Alamos High School, had an exciting summer, qualifying for her first USA Swimming Junior National competition when she swam at the American Long Course Finals meet in Dallas a few weeks ago.
Lott qualified with a 58.36 in her 100-meter freestyle, and also got the 200-meter freestyle bonus cut time with a 2:06.03. Four other Charger Aquatics teammates also qualified for Junior Nationals at this meet along with Anthony Kim, a senior Albuquerque Academy, who earned a spot at the 2016 Olympic Trials in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke swims.
Lott will compete with her club team Dec. 9-12 at Junior Nationals at the University of Texas pool in Austin, Texas. She also was recently named to the 2014-2015 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team. This honor is achieved only by earning a 3.5 (or higher) GPA average, and obtaining a cut time in at least one event – the qualifying times are equivalent to the 2011 Junior National Bonus cut times.
She achieved the necessary times in several events – the 100-yard free (51.13), 50-meter free (27.55), and the 100- and 200-meter freestyle swims (times above). There were 1,782 swimmers in the nation earning this recognition in the 2013-2014 school year (917 were females). Lott is the only swimmer in Los Alamos to attain this recognition for this past school year.
Lott plans on rejoining her high school swim team this fall (after taking a break during her junior year), and also will continue to train with her club team, under Coach Beverly Leasure, as she prepares for college swimming.