Annual Commencement on National Mall Highlights Weeklong Activities
Senior Earns Top Spot in 1,650 Free to Lead Colonials
Rookie Surpasses Own 400 IM Mark to Pace Colonials
Senior Led Colonials With Second-Place Finish in 500 Free
Colonials Tied for Sixth Through Day 1 of Conference Championships
2012-13: Swam third leg of school record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay (3:25.07) that finished fourth at the Atlantic 10 Championships (Feb. 23)...Swam lead-off leg of seventh-place finishing 800 free relay that snapped the school with a time of 7:32.59 at the A-10 Championships (Feb. 20)...Set a career-best time of 23.87 seconds in the preliminary heat of the 50 free and finished 11th in the finals in 23.94...Her 50 free prelim time is good for second on GW's all-time list...Swam a career-fastest mark in the 100 free at the league championships (52.05) to rank fourth on GW's all-time list...Helped Colonials come from behind to beat Georgetown (Jan. 19) as final leg of 200 free relay that finished first.
2011-12: Swam a career-best time of 24.51 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle at the Patriot Invitational (Nov. 17)...Touched the wall in 1:08.76 in the 100-yard backstroke for a career-best time at the America-Catholic tri-meet (Oct. 15)...Swam final leg of 200-yard medley relay that broke the Drexel Pool record with a time of 1:49.79...Won the 50 free and 100 free at the American-Catholic tri-meet...Swam lead-off leg of first-place finishing 400-yard freestyle relay team against Bucknell (Oct. 22)...Won the 100 free against UMBC (Nov. 5).
2010-11: At the Atlantic-10 Championships, member of the team record-setting 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams...Swam anchor leg for the 200- and 400-yard medley relays...Also competed in the preliminary heats of the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events, finishing 32nd, 19th and 17th, respectively...A-10 performance in the 100-yard freestyle ranks fifth all-time on GW's top times list...Swam on first-place finishing 200-yard medley relay against Drexel...Also took home second in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events...Member of fifth-place finishing 400-yard freestyle relay at the Patriot Invitational...Claimed top honors in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100-yard freestyle at ODU...Helped 400-yard freestyle relay finish first and individually finished second in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at Georgetown.
High School: Named the 2010 Monte Vista swim team MVP after a four-year varsity career...Was an All-American consideration in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, as well as in the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays...Took sixth in the 50-yard freestyle at the 2010 North Coast Sectionals (NCS) meet...At the 2010 East Bay Athletic League (EBALs) meet, won the 50-yard freestyle and a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle...Helped Monte Vista to a second-place finish at NCS and a first-place finish at EBALs...Also swam for Blackhawk Country Club HOX (2006-06) and Crow Canyon Club (2007-10) teams.
Personal: Born Sydney Ann Saunders on Sept. 3, 1992, in San Ramon, CA...Daughter of Michelle and Brian Saunders...Twin sister Sloan is also a member of the GW women's swimming team...Majoring in civil engineering, with aspirations to continue her education in architecture and pursue a career in building green/sustainable buildings.
|CAREER BESTS (Through 2012-13 Season)|
|50-Yard Freestyle||23.87||Atlantic 10 Championships (2/20/2013)|
|100-Yard Freestyle||52.05||Atlantic 10 Championships (2/20/2013)|
|200-Yard Freestyle||1:54.15||Atlantic 10 Championships (2/20/2013)|
|100-Yard Backstroke||1:08.76||American-Catholic Tri-Meet|
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