Blugold Hall of Fame
Sara Shimanski (Drozdowicz)
Sara Drozdowicz, who prepped at Hutchinson High School in Minnesota, is the only conference female swimmer to have won four consecutive 100-yard freestyle events. She also won the 200 free three straight years and the 50 free twice. In addition, she was a member of 12 championship relays. When she left Eau Claire, she had her name etched on the school record book for the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle plus the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays. Drozdowicz was named team Most Valuable swimmer all four years at Eau Claire.
Drozdowicz was a seven-time first team All-American with three top eight individual finishes. Her best was a fourth in the 100 freestyle at the 1995 NCAA Division III championships when the Blugolds placed sixth as a team. She was also honorable mention All-American with seven places between 9th and 16th place including five individual events.
Drozdowicz graduated from UWEC in 1997 with a political science major and history minor. She obtained her teaching credential this spring and expects to complete her master's in Curriculum and Instruction next May.
She was a logistics coordinator for Marilyn Burns Education Associates in Sausalito, California from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 until the present, she has been serving as the Director of Operations for the School of Health & Natural Sciences at Dominican University. She was a recipient of the 2005 Sr. George de Lorimier Award which is given annually to an outstanding Dominican University of California staff member for dedication and service to the campus community. Next fall, she will transition careers to become a classroom teacher in Napa.
Drozdowicz and her husband Dominic, a fellow Blugold swimmer and now a Cellar Master at Hall Wines in St. Helena, California, have two sons: Adam, age 5 and Henry, 3.