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Sarah Schuster Morrison

Sarah Schuster Morrison

On July 20, 2001, Sarah Schuster Morrison became a charter inductee into the Fredonia High School Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of her swimming and diving accomplishments.

A 1981 graduate of Fredonia Central School, Schuster Morrison became the Hillbillies' first-ever state champion by winning the New York State Public High School Athletic Association diving title as a freshman in 1978 when she set a record and as a sophomore in 1979 when she broke that record by 103 points. That same year, Schuster Morrison set the state diving record that stood until 2007.

Earning All-American honors in 1978, Schuster Morrison duplicated that honor in 1979, the same year she became an AAU national diving champion. All told, she collected five state championships (two high school, two YMCA age-group and one Empire State) and five national titles (four age-group AAU titles and one YMCA title).


Sarah Schuster Morrison


But all those eye-popping accomplishments during her days as a Fredonia Hillbilly weren't her most cherished. That came when she placed sixth at the U.S. National Open, competing against several Olympians. At the time, Shuster Morrison was going into her junior year. In addition to her diving accomplishments, Schuster Morrison held FCS records in the medley relay, the freestyle relay, the 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle.

After graduating from FCS, Schuster Morrison received a full scholarship to the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida where she became a two-time NCAA All-American, was the NCAA's No. 1-rated diver for 1-meter springboard in 1981 and graduated summa cum laude with a physical therapy degree in 1984.

Sarah Schuster Morrison was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

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