Position
Butterfly
Height
5'7
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Plano, Texas
Major
Communication Studies
High School
Plano HS

CAREER (2007-11)
Butterfly and breaststroke performer who continued to show marked improvement throughout her career … Enjoyed her best meet of her career in her final one at SEC’s where she scored in the 100 fly … Ranks eighth in program history in the 100 fly and ninth in the 200 fly … Earned the program’s Most Improved Swimmer Award during her junior season.

SENIOR SEASON (2010-11)
One of five Lady Tigers to earn NCAA provisional qualifying times in the Lady Tigers’ deepest event — 100 fly … Took 11th in that event at SEC’s with the eighth-best mark in program annals, 54.11 … Also delivered personal bests of 2:02.06 in the 200 fly and 1:04.33 in the 100 breast at that meet … Competed in every dual meet and the Cougar Classic Invitational in addition to SEC’s … Claimed eighth in the 100 fly (56.06) at the Cougar Classic … Also won the consolation final of the 200 fly (2:04.07) at that meet … Part of 1-2-3 LSU finishes in the 100 fly in wins over Florida State and Tulane … Earned runner-up honors in the 100 fly on Senior Day against Incarnate Word … Received her fourth varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2009-10)
Recovered from an early-season injury to finish strong in post-season competition … Competed in 10 dual meets, Houston’s Cougar Classic Invitational and SEC Championships … Recorded personal bests in all three of her individual events at SEC’s … Posted an 18th-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 54.92, which is eighth all-time at LSU … Claimed 24th in the 200 fly (2:03.93) and swam to a lifetime best of 1:07.65 in the 100 breaststroke … Finished 17th in both butterfly events at the Cougar Classic … Delivered a fifth-place finish in the 200 fly in a tri-meet at Houston, Rice and Tulane … Also placed sixth in the 100 fly at that same meet … Received the Most Improved Swimmer Award at the programs’ annual banquet … Earned her third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09)
Contributed to butterfly and breaststroke races … Competed in 10 dual meets, Texas A&M’s Art Adamson Invitational and the SEC Championships … Swam a lifetime best of 56.42 in the 100 butterfly at SEC’s … Also posted marks of 2:05.08 and 1:07.80 in the 200 fly and 100 breast, respectively … Placed 23rd in the 200 fly at the Art Adamson Invitational with a time of 2:05.05 … Recorded a personal best of 2:04.35 in the prelims of that event … Finished fourth in the 200 fly in a win over Florida State … Took fourth in the 200 fly at the LSU Invitational as well … Received her second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08)
Provided quality depth in the butterfly events … Competed in every dual meet, the Georgia Tech Invitational SEC Championships … Swam the 100-yard breaststroke in a season best of 1:08.42 at SEC’s … Recorded her top time of the season in the 100 fly (57.31) to place 11th at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Tallied runner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 fly against Delta State … Notched third-place in the 100 fly versus South Carolina … Finished seventh in the 200 fly at No. 20 Florida State with a season-best clocking of 2:07.10 … Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
A 13-time All-American at Plano Senior High School … Lettered in four seasons and qualified for state all four times … Named Athlete of the Week in 2005 by the Dallas Morning News … Finished 10th in the 100 butterfly at the 5A state championships (57.38) … Member of the second-place 200 freestyle relay that was named Relay Team of the Year by the Dallas Morning News … Club swimmer for the City of Plano Swim Club where she owned top times of 57.30 and 2:06.30 in the 100 and 200 fly, respectively … Teammates with fellow LSU teammate Lamar Weeks.

PERSONAL
Born Jan. 25, 1989, in Dallas, Texas … Parents are Doug and Renee Sanford … Has one older brother, Robert and one younger sister, Sallie … Majoring in communication studies.

ALI’S TOP TIMES
100 butterfly, 54.11, 2011 SEC Championships
200 butterfly, 2:02.06, 2011 SEC Championships
100 breaststroke, 1:04.33, 2011 SEC Championships

 

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