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Annika Saarnak






Puhaleda, Estonia

High School

Pirita Majandusgumnaasium

Junior (2009-10)
Produced the top seven times in the 50 freestyle for the `Canes, including a new personal-best mark of 23.03 during the ACC Championships… Finished third at the Ohio State Invitational with a time of 23.27… Held the top six times in the 100 free for the `Canes, including five wins and a second place finish… Picked up an NCAA “B” cut qualifying time in the 100 free with a mark of 50.16 in the finals of the ACC Championships… Had her best time as a leadoff split in the 200 free relay, registering a time of 50.15… Had five wins in the 100 free, and a second place finish… Finished first at the Georgia Tech Invitational at 50.68… Registered a new Estonia national record in the 100-meter freestyle (54.78) during the European Short Course Championships… Stamped the top seven times for UM in the 200 freestyle… Registered a season-best mark of 1:49.27 in the ACC Championships… Collected wins at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational (1:51.58) and in a tri-meet with Florida Gulf Coast and ACC opponent Florida State (1:51.76)… Took part in one (1) 100 breast race, claiming second against Central Connecticut State in a time of 1:08.54… Had the team’s second-fastest time in the 100 butterfly, scoring a mark of 56.43 in a second place finish in the GT Fall Invite… Picked up wins in the 100 breast against Maryland (57.59) and Florida Atlantic (57.78)… Anchored the 400 medley relay squad that recorded the team’s fastest time on the year (3:46.88) at the ACC Championships… Leadoff for both of the season top times of the 200 free relay, including a time of 1:34.26 in the ACC Championships… Served leadoff for the top three performances by UM in the 400 free relay, and the top two of the 800 free relay…

Sophomore (2008-09)
Helped to post a team second-best 26 top five times on the year in several different events and relays… A part of all five (5) top five season times, including a school second-best mark in the 200 free relay… Anchored the school-record breaking 400 MR team that took a time of 3:43.42 at the ACC Championships… Helped the UM 200 FR team to a time of 1:33.54 at the ACC Championships… Turned in a career-best mark of 23.36 in the 50 free serving as leadoff for the 200 FR team at the ACC Championships… Had a season fourth-fastest mark of 23.71 in the 50 free at the Ohio State Invitational… Posted four of the five top five times on the year for UM in the 100 free, including a leadoff relay time of 50.16 at the ACC Championships for the 400 FR squad… That 400 FR team earned an NCAA “B” cut qualifying time of 3:21.21… Set a new career-best time of 1:47.22 in the 200 free, serving as the leadoff swimmer on the 800 free relay team that finished with a school-record and NCAA “B” qualifying time of 7:16.62… Picked up a winning time of 23.95 in the 50 free in a dual matchup against cross-town foe FIU… Had a fourth-place time of 24.44 during the second meeting against FIU… Posted a winning time in the 100 free, touching the wall at 51.22 against Florida Atlantic… Grabbed second place (51.44) in a tri-match with Richmond and Maryland… Posted the second of her four 100 free wins on the year with a mark of 51.54 in a tri-match against Duke and Campbell… Added victory at the Georgia Tech Invite, touching the wall at 52.02… Picked up a first place mark of 52.94 in a tri-match against Maryland-Baltimore County and ACC opponent NC State… Had three wins in the 200 free event, including a time of 1:51.62 in the Georgia Tech Invite… Earned an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:48.04 at the ACC Championships… Collected second place against Kansas with a time of 1:52.51… Finished in first place in the 500 free (5:01.30) against Central Connecticut State… Had two wins in the 100 fly, including a time of 57.68 against FIU… Also posted a win in her only 200 IM event of the year, touching at 2:07.15… Swam second leg for the 200 MR team that gathered a time of 1:45.26 at the Ohio State Invitational… 400 MR team took a time of 3:50.54 at the OSU Invite–the second-fastest time on the year for the Hurricanes…

Freshman (2007-08)
Picked up 12 first place finishes as she wiped away several freshman records in the 100 freestyle… Had nine top five finishes in the 100 free out of 10 events that she participated in… Posted a season-best time of 51.16 in the Georgia Tech Invitational… Turned around and had a 51.20 against Florida Atlantic–also a first place time… Won seven 100 free races throughout the year… Also took part in the 200 free where she won four of five races… Posted a season-best mark of 1:53.07 against Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast… Won her race against FAU with a mark of 1:53.22… Helped the 200 freestyle relay team to a first place time of 1:36.52 against FAU… Produced a split-time of 24.01 in that race… Turned in her best split-time of the 200 free relay in the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational (23.49) where she swam anchor leg… Recorded a first place finish (2:12.53) in her only 200 IM race against Vanderbilt… Swam in three different legs of the 400 free relay throughout the year… Part of the team that took a season-best time of 3:26.97 and a third place finish at the GT Fall Invite… Had her best split-time in the ACC Championships with a time of 50.15… Had a winning time of 23.82 in the 50 free against FIU… Her season-best time in the 50 free (23.56) came in the prelims of the ACC Championships… Tied season second-best marks twice at the ACC Championships and the GT Fall Invite with a time of 23.67… Third in the 100 butterfly (1:02.44) against Vanderbilt…

High School/Prep
Recorded times of 27.00 in the 50-meter free, 58.40 in the 100-meter free and 29.12 in the 100-meter fly at the 2007 Estonian Nationals… Set individual team records in five different events, including her two freestyle events at nationals…

Majoring in Sports Administration… Daughter of Kaja and Urmas… Has a brother, Allar… Says she chose to attend UM because of the friendly teammates, good location and Coach [Christie] Shefchunas…

Around the Pool with Saarnak
Enjoys watching movies, shopping, going to the beach and hanging out with friends… A member of the Dean’s List at UM, as well as being a Book Buster… First impression of Miami was the hot weather and palm trees… Favorite sports memory is earning an NCAA “B” cut qualifying time at the 2009 ACC Championships… Favorite television show is Friends… Favorite movies are The Notebook and Seven Pounds… Lists the Harry Potter series as her favorite books…