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UNC Swimming & Diving Bio
 Yi-Khy Saw
Saw Saw 443297

 

 

 

Career Best Times: 4:24.27 in the 500-yard freestyle; 9:11.09 in the 1000-yard freestyle (tied for 8th in school history); 15:15.02 in the 1650-yard freestyle (10th in school history); 1:48.09 in 200-yard butterfly; 1:49.90 in the 200-yard individual medley; 3:53.38 in the 400-yard individual medley (9th in school history).

 

General: Tri-captain of the 2008-09 Tar Heels...strong performer in the IM, butterfly and distance freestyle events...ranks in the Top 5 of Carolina's preseason depth chart in seven events...swam in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece for his native Malaysia...ranks on the school's all-time Top 10 depth chart in three events...one of UNC's most versatile performers.

 

2007-08 (Junior): Set career best times at the ACC Championships in the 500-yard freestyle and in the 1650-yard freestyle...set a career best time in the 1000-yard freestyle in the dual meet against Virginia...his time of 9:11.09 in the 1000-yard freestyle moved him from 10th place to a tie for eighth in school history...his time of 15:15.02 in the 1650-yard freestyle put him in 10th place in school history and claimed sixth place at the ACC Championships... member of the 800-yard freestyle relay that finished fourth at the ACC Championships with a time of 6:34.66, knocking more than 12 seconds off the school's seed time...finished eighth in the 500-yard freestyle at the ACC Championships with a time 4:26.73...his time of 3:56.06 in the 400 IM claimed seventh at the ACC Championships...recipient of the Bruce Webster Memorial Award as the Most Dedicated Men's Swimmer...team academic captain...qualified for the 2007-08 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

 

2006-07 (Sophomore): Scored in three events at the ACC Championships...took fifth place in the 400 IM with a time of 3:54.46...won the consolation final of the 200 fly and placed ninth overall...was also a consolation finalist in the 200 IM.

 

2005-06 (Freshman): Set what were then several career best times at the ACC Championships...finished 13th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:27.63, sixth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:49.34 and fifth in the 400-yard individual medley in 3:53.38...also set a career best in the dual meet against Minnesota in the 1000-yard freestyle with a 9:12.80 clocking...ranked first on Carolina's depth chart in the 400-yard individual medley...named to 2006-07 ACC Academic Honor Roll...also merited a spot on the spring 2007 Dean's List.

 

Prep: Graduated from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 28, 2005...a five-time All-America selection there...swam the 1500-meter freestyle in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens for his home country of Malaysia...co-captained Bolles squad his senior year...named 2003 Florida state short course and long course swimmer of the year for the 15-16 age group...was part of three straight team state championship units as Bolles extended its string of state tiles to 17 in a row...as a senior, he was the state champion in the 200-yard individual medley and as a member of 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams while also taking second place in the 500-yard free...in his junior year, he captured the 500-yard freestyle and competed on the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay state championship squads...that same year he finished as a runnerup in the 200-yard individual medley...was part of two state championship relays as a sophomore ...finished third in the 1500-yard freestyle and was part of the winning 800-meter freestyle relay at the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam...also competed in the 2003 Barcelona World Championships...a member of both the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society.

 

Personal: Given name is Yi-khy Saw...nicknamed Pikachu...was born on July 1, 1986 in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia...he is the son of Boon Hoe and Khuay Sim Saw...he has one sister, Yuit-wen Saw, 29.

 

The Eclectic Yi-Khy
Academic Major at Carolina: Business Administration
Career Plans: Undetermined
Hobbies: Swimming, basketball, soccer, football, video games, hanging out with friends
Athlete I Most Admire: Dara Torres
Biggest Sports Thrill: Being at the 2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony
People Who Have Had The Greatest Influence on My Athletic Career: My Family
Favorite Book: To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever by Will Blythe
Favorite Magazines: ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated
Favorite Foods: Malaysian Food, Brad Mitchell's Lasagna
Favorite Movies: The Bourne Triology, Step Brothers, The Dark Knight, Gladiator
Favorite TV Shows: The Office, Entourage
Favorite Websites to Visit: I Want My Sports, The World's Most Popular Sport, College Sports Are My Life, The Game Is Afoot
City I've Never Been To But Want To Visit: Paris, France
Entertainment Figure I'd Most Like To Have Dinner With: Will Ferrell

Position: Butterfly, Individual Medley, Freestyle
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Penang, Malaysia
High School: Bolles School
UNC North Carolina Swimming & Diving


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