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University of Miami Athletics

Sagette Van Embden






North Miami Beach, Fla.

High School

Dr. Krop HS

Sophomore (2009-10)
Van Embden did not compete for Miami during the 2009-10 season…

Freshman (2008-09)
Saw most of her races in the backstroke and breaststroke events… Took part in four freestyle races, posting a third place time of 11:09.33 in the 1000 free against Central Connecticut State… Had a season-best mark of 5:21.00 in the 500 free at the Ohio State Invitational… Claimed a personal season-fast performance in the 100 back at the Ohio State Invite, pulling in a time of 1:01.80 in the finals… Almost equaled that time in the preliminary round with a time of 1:01.88… Registered a fourth place finish at FIU (1:06.00)… Registered her fastest 200 back time at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in the prelims with a mark of 2:13.51… Also had a personal-best mark at the ACC Championships in the 100 breast, touching the wall at 1:07.31… Best 200 breast performance came in the season-opener against ACC rival Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast, pulling in a 2:30.90 time… Finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:15.26 at FIU… Posted her fastest time on the year for the event at the ACC Championships (2:14.78)… Raced in one (1) 100 butterfly competition, finishing at 1:03.97 in a home dual race with cross-town foe FIU… Finished with a time of 26.40 against Florida Atlantic in the 50 free–her only 50 free event of the season…

High School/Prep
Head coach in high school was Jay Fitzgerald from Pine Crest… Attended Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School… Main events were the 100 breaststroke and butterfly… Collected a first place time (1:10) at the GMAC Championships… Finished first place in Districts as a senior in the 100 breast, and then second in the 100 butterfly (1:02)… Recorded school records in the 200 IM, 100 breast, as well as the 50 and 500 freestyle… Helped Dr. Krop to a District Championships in 2008… Collected District Championships honors during her junior season in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100 fly… Selected as a Miami Herald All-Dade First Team pick… Ended her career as the only Dr. Krop swimmer to earn back-to-back state championship qualifying times…

Born in Miami, Florida… Daughter of parents Tammy and Sylvain Van Embden… Majoring in Visual Journalism & Studio Art at Miami… Has two sisters, Talya (17) and Shae (15)… Plans on becoming a photo journalist… Says she chose to attend UM because of the incredible school spirit that can be found on campus…

Around the Pool with Van Embden
Always gives her mom a kiss before she heads out into the blocks before each race… Lists playing the piano and violin as a hobby… Teaches swimming in her spare time to local youth… Lists Patrick Dempsey as her favorite actor… Says her favorite novel is Wuthering Heights… Favorite type of music is classical… Enjoys eating sushi and Thai food… Favorite television shows are House, Grey’s Anatomy and 24