By Sarah Eckersley
RALEIGH, North Carolina, April 30. SARAH Henry of Raleigh Swim Association, 17, which has been recognized by USA Swimming for their excellence in athlete performance since 2005, was recently promoted to six-star status in the Swimming World College Recruit Rankings powered by Take Your Marks.
To be a six-star recruit, a swimmer must have a lifetime best short course yard time that would either place them in the past year's A final of an event at the NCAA Division I Championships, or own multiple times that would have reached B finals in the past year.
"I am extremely proud to have a six-star ranking," said Henry. "I've worked hard for many years and sacrificed a lot along the way. I'm very happy that it is paying off. I'm in a great situation at the Raleigh Swimming Association. My coaches, Kit Raulerson and Dan Ohm, have done a great job over the past few years developing me to this point and my entire team has been extremely supportive."
Henry, whose favorite events consist of the 400 IM, 200 breaststroke, 500 freestyle, and 200 butterfly, will graduate high school in 2010.
But there is much more to Henry than her overwhelming talent as a swimmer. In addition to seven days a week of training and a heavy course load at school, she enjoys spending time with friends, poetry, reading, writing, music, and taking care of Millie – her pet frog.
In addition to her talent, leadership, and dedication, Henry is extremely focused and goal-oriented.
"My short-term goals include having a great long course season at World Championship Trials and Junior Nationals," she said.
Henry is also beginning the college recruiting process, which will be taking up a lot more of her time in the upcoming months.
"I'm looking for a school that can meet my goals academically and athletically," she said. "I'm looking forward to taking some recruiting trips this fall."
Some of Henry's long-term goals include qualifying for the Olympic Team and earning a PhD in Astronomy.
Henry's coach of more than two years, Raulerson, couldn't be any happier of her accomplishments.
"I know you hear this all the time, but she's exactly what you're looking for in a swimmer," he said. "She deserves all of the success she's gotten."