Like countless young athletes before her to go searching for their place in sports, Sarah Mundy needed some trial and error to discover her real passion.
The Berkeley High School senior tried on gymnastics, soccer and even taekwondo before diving into swimming headfirst at around eight or nine years old.
It was a perfect fit.
“I tried everything else on the face of the earth,” Mundy said. “At first, swimming was like well, this seems fun. It seemed like it was the last sport my mom made me try. I watched the local team practice and I fell in love with it. It just kind of snowballed from there.”
That’s a fitting a choice of words considering her next destination. She has snow-capped mountains in her future.
Mundy has had a stellar career in the swimming pool for the Stags, winning a pair of freestyle state championships (50-yard and 100-yard) as a junior. She was top three in two freestyle events as a senior.
Mundy also earned a medal in the seventh grade as a member of the Stags’ 200-yard freestyle relay and finished her prep career as the state’s fourth-ranked prospect by CollegeSwimming.com. Twice, she was the team captain and co-captain one other year.
In club swimming, Mundy trains year-round with South Carolina Swim Club.
Mundy will graduate this spring before beginning her new, exciting chapter in the Centennial State. She signed a scholarship with Colorado State during the NCAA’s early signing period, a reward for all those early-morning training sessions in the water and effort in the classroom.
Mundy will be a sprinter for the Rams and plans to major in nutrition science with a focus on dietetics. At BHS, she’s been in the National Beta Club and National Honor Society, also earning a title of scholastic All-America by USA Swimming.
“I’m excited to have another four years of it,” Mundy said. “I’m ready.”
In a press release by Colorado State’s sports information department, Rams swimming and diving coach Chris Woodard said he had high expectations for Mundy right when she sets foot on campus in Fort Collins.
“Sarah is a student of the sport and a consummate teammate,” Woodard said. “… We firmly believe that Sarah will make an immediate impact in all our free events and push our relays into the top three in the Mountain West.”
It’s difficult to pin down an exact percentage for how many high school swimmers get to go on and continue competing in college but it’s safe to say Mundy is in rare company.
Like that day she stood poolside and watched the youth team swim, Mundy can’t wait to jump in.
“I’m a sprinter so I like just going all out, swimming as fast as you can,” she said.