In the second installment of Alumni Spotlight series focusing on sets of twins who competed for Belmont, we check in with Meredith Brandt Govea and Sarah Brandt Adams, who played soccer for the Bruins from 2004-2008. Together, they started 142 career games and each was named Academic All-District. They also helped lay the groundwork for the program’s 2008 run to the NCAA Tournament.
After spotlighting her sister Meredith on Tuesday, today we check in with Sarah Brandt Adams, who lives here in Nashville.
Why did you choose Belmont?
Many things influenced my decision to attend Belmont. First, it afforded me the opportunity to continue to play soccer and play alongside my twin sister Meredith. While playing soccer I knew I would get a great education that would prepare me for life after college. Additionally, I would have the opportunity to play near my family and in a great city!
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
I have many memories. One of my favorites is getting to step on the field every day and play with my sister. How lucky was I to get to play a sport I love with my one of my best friends every day!? More specifically, another favorite memory is being named to first team Atlantic Sun All-Conference and our team making it to the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament!
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
My family, hands down. Having my twin sister, Meredith, there every step of the way was such a blessing. Additionally, my parents and my younger sister, Angela, were always nearby supporting me. I loved having them close and getting to spend time with them during my four years of college.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I learned how to work with people from all backgrounds and with different skillsets, strengths, and weaknesses. Through soccer and through my time as a biology major I worked in many team and group settings. I met some great people and learned that working with others well is a big key to success.
What advice would you give to current members of the soccer team?
Enjoy it! Work hard every day for the next game. Take nothing for granted and know that these four years will be gone before you know it. Soak up every moment… except maybe pre-season!!
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dr. Robert Grammer was such a supportive professor and taught me in many different classes during my four years at Belmont. He was so kind and made learning fun. Being a biology pre-med major and a student-athlete was not easy, and Dr. Grammer was always an encouraging and friendly face. He made me smarter and helped me succeed academically.
Where do you live now?
I recently moved back to Nashville, TN after living in Charleston, SC for the past four years. It’s nice to be home again!
Who is your employer?
I am a physician. After graduating from Belmont, I attended medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. I recently completed my residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, and I am currently doing a Fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Vanderbilt University.
Tell us about your family.
I have been married 5 years to Daniel Adams. We have two dogs, Tobey and Addie. I also love living near my sisters, their husbands, my niece and nephew, and my mom and dad!