Pepperdine honored by coaches' association for excelling in the classroom.
Pepperdine places seventh at the conference championship to conclude the year.
Waves' see countless season and personal-best times lowered during day three of the conference championships.
Waves sit in fourth place with two days left of competition.
Pepperdine earns four top-eight finishes in three events to open the conference championships.
SENIOR/2012-13: Led the Waves to All-PCSC status in the 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays ...Helped the 200 medley relay team to a season-best time of 1:49.88 at the PCSC Championships to place seventh ... Part of the 400 medley relay squad that placed sixth at the conference meet with a season-best time of 3:56.26 ... Led off with the backstroke leg in both events ... Anchored the 200 free relay at the conference championship and the team delivered a season-best time of 1:38.43 for sixth overall ... Swam the second leg of the 400 free relay at the PCSC Championship and helped the Waves to a seventh-place time of 3:32.98 ... Individually picked up all-conference honors in the 200 backstroke with a fifth-place time of 2:08.90 ... Set a new personal-record in the event during the preliminary round with a time of 2:08.11 ... Finished in 10th at the PCSC Championship in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.03 ... Season-best 100 backstroke time achieved during the opening leg of the 400 medley relay with a time of 59.64 ... Placed 19th in the 200 IM at the league meet with a time of 2:12.36 ... Season-best time in the 50 freestyle set at 24.15 (split) and 25.61 (flat) ... Paced the team in the 50 backstroke with season-best marks of 28.22 (split) and 28.42 (flat) ... Set a personal-record at the PCSC Championship with a 50 butterfly time of 27.67.
JUNIOR/2011-12: PCSC All-Conference in the 200 medley, 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays ... Placed 10th in the 100 backstroke and 13th in both the 50 and 100 freestyle at the PCSC Championships ... Set a personal-record 50 freestyle time of 24.76 at the league meet ... Also handed in a career-best 100 freestyle time of 54.92 at the PCSC Championships ... Clocked a team-best and personal-record 50 backstroke time of 28.46 at the conference championships to lead off the 400 medley relay race ... Other season-best times include 1:59.54 (200 free), 5:57.35 (500 free), 2:20.80 (200 back), 29.04 (50 fly) and 1:06.36 (100 IM) ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Student-Athlete Advisory Committee treasurer and represented Pepperdine at the annual WCC SAAC meetings.
SOPHOMORE/2010-11: PCSC All-Conference ... Scored in seven events at the PCSC Championships, including the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, and the 200 and 400 medley relays ... Individually, placed 10th in the 100 backstroke in a personal-best time of 1:00.55, 17th in the 100 freestyle and 20th in the 50 freestyle ...Swam a personal and team-best 28.94 split during her 100 backstroke race at the conference meet ... Lowered her personal-best time in the 200 backstroke to 2:17.08 at the Finis Collegiate Invitational ... Swam a career-best time of 36.62 in the 50 breaststroke at the PCSC Pentathlon ... Finished amongst the team's top-five in the 50 and 100 freestyle, the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke , 50 breaststroke, and 50 butterfly ... Was Pepperdine's fastest swimmer in the 50 and 100 backstroke and second fastest in the 200 ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN/2009-10: PCSC All-Conference ... Scored in five events at the PCSC Championships, including all three freestyle relays that posted season best times of 1:37.74, 3:35.22 and 7:47.51 ... Individually, collected conference points for the Waves in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle ... Recorded personal bests in the 50 and 200 free of 24.40 and 1:58.34 against Cal State Northridge ... Finished as Pepperdine's third-fastest competitor in the 100 backstroke and its fourth-best swimmer in the 50 and 100 free.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2009 with honors from Frank W. Cox High School, where she was a four-year varsity letterwinner in the 50 and 100 freestyle for head coach Joe Gentry ... Named high school's 2008-09 Athlete of the Year ... Two-time team MVP ... Voted Most Improved swimmer following freshman year ... Led school to four consecutive district championships and two regional championships in 2006 and 2009 ... Left as the school's record holder in the 50 and 100-meter free, and the 200 and 400-meter freestyle relays ... National Honor Society secretary ... AP Scholar with distinction.
JUNIOR OLYMPICS: Competed unattached at the 2006 Junior Olympics, winning the gold medal in the 50-meter free and placing fifth in the 100-meter backstroke.
PERSONAL: Given name is Sarah Allyne Burris ... Born in San Diego ... Hometown is Virginia Beach, Va. ... Majoring in psychology and minoring in sports medicine ... Hopes to becomes a physical therapist or a personal trainer ... Daughter of Scott and Marie Burris ... Sister of Stephanie and Kelly ... Chose Pepperdine because "it has a good sports medicine program, Christian and conservative values and a great location" ... Mother, Marie, played volleyball at the U.S. Naval Academy, and two uncles played golf at Cal State Northridge ... Traveled to London in the summer of 2012 to watch the Olympics ... Made the first cut in the 2012 Los Angeles County Lifeguard Test and placed 78th overall out of 350 participants in a 1000 meter ocean swim.
FAVORITES: Dara Torres (pro athlete) ... San Diego Chargers (pro sports team) ... Call of the Wild (book) ... Bridesmaids (movie) ... Counting Crows (musical artist) ... NCIS (TV show) ... Sushi (food) ... Volleyball (sport other than swimming) ... Hobbies include going to the beach, hanging out with friends and playing volleyball.