Academic Notes: Majoring in biomedical science...WAC All-Academic selection and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award recipient in 2018.
Career Notes: Fourth-fastest time in program history in 100 Backstroke (55.88).
2017-18 (Freshman): Earned three All-WAC second team honors at WAC Championships...Swam in 100 and 200 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley relays at the WAC Championships...Finished seventh in the 100 Back with a time of 56.42...Finished seventh in the 200 Back with a time of 2:01.97...Swam in the C final and finished 18th in the 50 free with a season-best time of 24.01...Swam the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay team that finished second with a time of 1:42.09...Also swam the first leg of the 400 Medley Relay team that finished fourth with a time of 3:45.20...Recorded a career-best time of 55.88 in the first leg of the 400 Medley Relay...Recorded a season-best time of 2:01.85 in the 200 Back versus New Mexico...Totaled 23 top-three finishes with five individual wins and five relay wins during the season.
High School: Swam for Wellington Girls College for four years…Four-time member of Wellington All Stars Team…Finalist in 100m and 200m backstroke at New Zealand Open Championships in 2016…Also silver medalist in 4x200m freestyle relay and bronze medalist in 4x100m medley relay at 2016 New Zealand Open Championships…Junior, intermediate and senior swimming champion…Multiple winner of 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke at College Sport Wellington Swimming Championships and North Island Secondary School Swimming Championships…Finalist in 100m and 200m backstroke at Victoria State Championships and Queensland State Championships…Holds 50m and 100m backstroke SCM records for College Sport Wellington…Holds 100m and 200m backstroke LCM records for Wellington…Holds multiple Kaori Pirates Swimming Club records…Also played and coached netball at Wellington Girls College…Gold Academic Effort Award…Member of Chinese Club and Science Associates.
Personal: Sarah O’Connor was born July 24 in Wellington, New Zealand...Daughter of Marilyn Kan and Greg Carden…Two younger brothers, Ryan and Mitchell…Hobbies include shopping, watching movies and spending time with friends…Lists most memorable athletic moments as breaking her first Wellington records and winning the Open Gold Medal for 200m backstroke at 15 years old…Chose NAU because the team success, location, academics, coaches and teammates made NAU the ideal option.