SHIPPENSBURG, Pa., Aug. 19 SHIPPENSBURG head swimming coach Tim Verge announced that former Penn State standout Sarah Haupt has been named assistant swimming coach. The Trinity High School graduate will pursue her master's in community counseling at Shippensburg this fall as a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate scholarship recipient.
"Landing Sarah Haupt as our assistant is one of the best things that has happened to our program since my time here," Verge said. "She is one of the finest student-athletes to ever come out of the mid-state. Her understanding of what it takes to get to the next level is a tremendous asset for our team. She is very excited and our kids will love her."
As an assistant, Haupt will work with both the men’s and women’s swimming programs that finished third and fifth, respectively, at the 2006 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Swimming Championships.
Haupt was a three-time All-American, nine-time Big Ten Champion and five-time Big Ten record holder for the Nittany Lions. This past year, she helped lead the Penn State women's swimming and diving team to its second consecutive Big Ten championship, earning her fourth All-Big Ten First Team honor after the Big Ten individual title in the 100 backstroke. Haupt also made her fourth appearance at the NCAA Division I Championships, capturing 14th in the 100 backstroke and 13th in the 400 medley relay.
As a result of her work in the classroom, Haupt was the 41st student-athlete at Penn State receive a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and third member of the Nittany Lion women’s swimming and diving program to earn the honor. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee awarded her with a $7,500 grant for a part-time or full-time postgraduate study at the university or professional school of her choice. She graduated from Penn State in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a 3.6 grade point average.