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Haskins to Speak at NAIA Championship Banquet


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2008 Olympian and USA Triathlon National Team member Sarah Haskins will return to her native St. Louis next week to serve as the keynote speaker for the 2009 NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championships Banquet of Champions. The banquet will take place on the evening of March 4 at the Stegton Regency Banquet Center in St. Charles.
Haskins was one of three members of the United States women’s triathlon team during last summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She finished 11th out of 55 competitors at the event.
Haskins started her athletic career in the sport of swimming. She first swam competitively at the age of five, and from age nine to 18, Haskins swam for the Parkway Swim Club. As a member of that club, she set Junior National Qualifier marks in four events. At Parkway South High School, she was a Missouri State Champion in both cross country and swimming. After high school, she attended the University of Tulsa where she was an all-conference runner in cross country and track.
Haskins began competing in triathlon in 2003 and she turned pro the next year. Some of her top career highlights have been: winning the USA Triathlon U23 National Championship, being ranked as high as second in the United States and eighth in the world rankings; having two World Cup Podium finishes in 2007; and earning a spot on last year’s Olympic team.
The 2009 NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championships will take place on March 4-7 and is hosted by Lindenwood University. The event will bring over 300 of the top NAIA swimmers to the St. Louis area.