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Sarah Ann Lacina is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Game Changers. She originally competed on Survivor: Cagayan, and later on Survivor: Winners at War.

In Cagayan, Sarah worked herself into the majority alliance on the original Aparri tribe early on, but was separated from her allies when she was the only one to remain on Aparri following a Tribe Switch. Nevertheless, she made it to the merge, seeing herself as the swing vote between her original allies and her new Aparri Alliance. This made Kass McQuillen grow weary of the power Sarah held, causing her to flip on the Aparri Alliance and vote Sarah out instead.

Returning to Game Changers with a vow to play a more assertive game, Sarah found herself able to navigate throughout the cast of returning players, assuming a much more aggressive and cutthroat stance. After acquiring and successfully playing both the Vote Steal and the Legacy Advantage, helping orchestrate an array of blindsides while constantly flipping between the Power Six and Tavua Alliance, and forging strong social connections with fellow castaways, Sarah was awarded the title of Sole Survivor over Brad Culpepper and Troyzan Robertson in a 7-3-0 vote.

In Winners at War, Sarah was reunited with her Cagayan ally Tony Vlachos, with the two reforming their Cops-R-Us alliance. She also formed a close bond with Sophie Clarke, with the two being responsible for overthrowing Rob Mariano following the Tribe Switch to usurp control of the Yara tribe. Following the merge, she, Sophie, and Tony became a part of the majority alliance that eventually took control of the game. Despite Tony blindsiding Sophie without Sarah's knowledge, the two continued to work together, managing to reach the final four where they were pitted against each other by Natalie Anderson in the fire-making challenge. Sarah would ultimately lose to Tony, causing her to fall one day short of making it to the Final Tribal Council.


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Name (Age): Sarah Lacina (29)
Tribe Designation: Brawn Tribe
Current Residence: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Occupation: Police Officer
Personal Claim to Fame: I'm most proud of graduating college in four years.
Inspiration in Life: My mother is amazing. She is the most unselfish person I know. Such a hard worker, and so supportive. If it weren't for her, I wouldn't be here.
Hobbies: Boating, working out, golfing and mixed martial arts.
Pet Peeves: I hate when I can hear people chew their food, when people leave me voicemails (I'll call you back if I don't answer) and stupid people.
3 Words to Describe You: Witty, competitive and athletic.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A Bible - I've always wanted to read the entire Bible. I'm a slow reader, so I would be entertained for quite a while; a toothbrush; and a Surf board - Why not? I'm easily entertained, I don't need much.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I'm one of a kind. If I had to pick I'd say Malcolm. He's nice, but very strategic and tasteful about it.
Reason for Being on Survivor: I am never satisfied with what I've done. I always add things to my plate. The challenge, experience and opportunity would be gratifying. Second reason: Duh, the money.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I'm from the Midwest, cornfed! I'm a hard worker. I don't give up. I motivate people. I learn quickly and I am a master manipulator.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I have the brains and skills to dominate this game. I'm very strategic and determined. I interview people on a daily basis and get confessions. I will destroy this game.
Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I would consider myself Brain and Brawn. I think I will do very well on the puzzles and dominate the physical challenges.
Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? I think a combination of all three characteristics would produce a winning Survivor.[1]

Age: 32
Hometown: Marion, IA
Previously played on: Season 28: Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty, Finished 11th & Jury Member
How have you changed since the last time you played? I'm more cut-throat now. I'm not out there to make friends and I'm willing to go against my word.
What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played? I'm a hard worker. I have a great social game. I can fish and hunt. I'm not lazy or stupid. I'm athletic.
What are you most proud of from the last time? I feel like I had so much game left. I'm not really proud of the way I played. I chose my word and loyalty over $1 million. I would not make that mistake again.
What, if anything, do you most regret? I regret sticking to my morals and values. It's Survivor—you have to play the game!
How will you play differently this time? I will do whatever it takes to win. The only purpose for me going back out there is to win a million dollars. I don't care about making friends or what anyone thinks of me. They'll get over it.[2]

Hometown: Muscatine, Iowa
Current residence: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Previous seasons: Survivor: Cagayan (Season 28), Winner of Survivor: Game Changers (Season 34)
Occupation: Police Officer
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, CrossFit, golf, running, and biking.
Pet peeves: Loud eaters, voicemails, slow drivers in the left lane, when my husband leaves empty boxes in the pantry, text messages before 6 am, pouring cereal into a bowl just to find out there's no milk, when you are a loyal customer and your bill goes up but a new customer gets a better deal, no hot water left when you get in the shower, unsubscribing from emails but they still send you emails, group text messages, people that back into parking spaces, cats, steep driveways, pen clicking, restaurant tables that are uneven or wobbly, empty toilet paper roll left on the roller, delayed flights, and interrupted TV due to weather.
Three words to describe you: Determined, competitive, and street smart.
When did you first watch Survivor? I've watched Survivor since the beginning.
Do you still watch Survivor? Every Wednesday my family sits down and watches Survivor together.
Who is your inspiration in life? Not one specific person, but anyone who is willing to try. If you never try the answer is always no. People who are not afraid of failure because they believe they can succeed inspire me.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? Survivor means the world to my family; it has made our lives much easier financially.
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? Enduring the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of the game made me realize how powerful your mind and attitude are. Survivor changed me by teaching me that anything is possible! There is NOTHING I can't accomplish.
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? 40 seasons is absolutely insane! I am honored and humbled to be chosen to play three times.
How will you play differently than you have in your past seasons? The past two seasons I've had a game plan going into the season. I've now played two completely different games, one being loyal and one being a flip-flopper. I feel like the best approach to this season is going to be psychological warfare to create paranoia and have people self-destruct.[3]



Sarah was initially placed on the Aparri tribe of Brawns on Survivor: Cagayan. While in the woods, Sarah interrogated fellow police officer Tony Vlachos, asking if he was a cop. He lied to her, saying no, but Sarah did not believe this as she is also a cop. After some time, Tony decided to tell the truth. They bonded and formed an alliance called "Cops-R-Us". However, Tony lied once again to Sarah, claiming that Cliff Robinson and Lindsey Ogle were gunning for her. Sarah and Tony convinced Trish Hegarty and Woo Hwang to come into their alliance and throw the upcoming Immunity Challenge to vote Cliff out, who would then be followed by Lindsey. At the Immunity Challenge on Day 11, Solana easily came in first place. Despite Sarah, Trish, and Woo attempting to throw the challenge, Cliff single-handedly saved himself by winning the challenge for them, coming in second place, continuing their winning streak, and did not have to attend a Tribal Council. Though she was disappointed that Cliff was still in the game, Sarah showed no remorse for rival tribe Luzon and said they deserved to lose after their terrible performance.

At the tribe switch on Day 12, Sarah was left as the only remaining Brawn still on Aparri, as all her tribemates had been swapped to Solana. On Day 15, Sarah was thrilled when host Jeff Probst told her tribe that Cliff and Lindsey had both been eliminated the night before, Cliff at Tribal Council, and Lindsey quitting afterwards. When the Aparri tribe lost the subsequent Immunity Challenge, Tony yelled "top five!" while celebrating victory with the Solana tribe, which made Sarah feel excluded. At Sarah's first Tribal Council, she joined Brains Kass McQuillen, Spencer Bledsoe, and Tasha Fox, as well as Beauty Morgan McLeod in deciding the fate of the other Beauties, Alexis Maxwell and Jeremiah Wood. They voted Alexis out, fearing she would reconnect with her old allies at the merge.

The tribes merged into the Solarrion tribe on Day 17. Sarah found herself the swing vote between both tribes. At first, Sarah wanted to stick with the Aparri Alliance, but Kass questioned her loyalty, which made Sarah feel insecure. Tony tried to make Sarah swear to side back with his Solana Alliance, though she could not. Kass continued to argue with Sarah, which Trish saw as an opportunity. Kass and Tasha asked Sarah if she was willing to send home Trish or Jefra Bland, which Sarah refused as she would rather target a strong male who could possibly have a Hidden Immunity Idol such as Tony or LJ McKanas. Trish and Tony realized that Sarah was no longer on their side and Trish went to talk to Kass to convince her to go with the Solana Alliance instead. At Tribal Council, the new Aparri voted for Jefra, while all of the new Solana voted for Sarah. Kass flipped on her alliance and voted for Sarah, sending her home as the first jury member and in 11th place.

At the Final Tribal Council, Sarah congratulated the finalists. Sarah called out Tony for breaking their promise to not vote each other out. Sarah then asked Woo if he would vote for her if she played the same game as Tony did. Woo said if she did it without the idols, he would vote for her. Despite liking Woo and being angry with Tony, Sarah voted for the latter to become the Sole Survivor, contributing to his victory in an 8-1 vote.

Voting History

Episode Sarah's
Voted Against
1 Aparri Tribe Immune
Aparri Tribe Immune
2 Aparri Tribe Immune
3 Aparri Tribe Immune
4 Aparri Tribe Immune
5 Alexis -
6 Jefra Jefra, Kass, LJ,
Tony, Trish, Woo
Voted Out, Day 19
Voted For
Sole Survivor

Game Changers

Sarah was initially placed on the Nuku tribe, where she aligned with Cirie Fields. However, many other Nuku members were targeting Cirie and Sarah and were willing to go along with that plan if they lost. However, because Nuku won the first two challenges, they did not go to Tribal Council. After a Tribe Switch on Day 7, she, along with fellow Nuku members Cirie, Andrea Boehlke, Ozzy Lusth and Zeke Smith, along with original Mana member Troyzan Robertson, was switched to the newly formed third tribe, Tavua. There, Sarah aligned with outsider Troyzan, but Tavua did not go to Tribal Council due to strong performances at the next three Immunity Challenges.

After Tavua was dissolved at a second switch on Day 14, she, along with Andrea, Ozzy, Zeke, and Tai Trang, was switched back to Nuku, where they were joined by Jeff Varner and Sandra Diaz-Twine. After Nuku lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 16, Sarah voted with the majority at Tribal Council, resulting in Sandra's elimination and Debbie Wanner joining the tribe after returning from Exile Island. After Nuku lost immunity again on Day 18, Jeff outed Zeke for being transgender at the subsequent Tribal Council, hoping to paint him as being capable of deception. Sarah tearfully accused Jeff of making a malicious attack, and expressed her support for Zeke. She then joined the rest of the tribe in verbally voting out Jeff.

Once the tribes merged into the Maku Maku tribe on Day 19, Sarah joined the Tavua Alliance led by Andrea and Cirie. However, she also formed strong bonds with the rival Power Six alliance, led by Brad Culpepper and Sierra Dawn Thomas, and joined them to eliminate Hali Ford at the first post-merge Tribal Council. On Day 24, Sarah found herself the swing vote between the two alliances. Andrea and Cirie wanted to vote out Zeke for betraying the Tavua Alliance, while Debbie attempted to recruit Sarah to join the Power Six to eliminate challenge threat Ozzy. At Tribal Council, Sarah joined the Power Six to blindside Ozzy with the added insurance of Debbie's Extra Vote.

On Day 25, Sarah managed to retrieve the Vote Steal advantage, which was placed under the sit-out bench at a Reward Challenge. Although Sarah competed in the challenge, she noticed the advantage while Michaela Bradshaw, who was sitting out, did not. Before boarding the boat to leave the challenge, Sarah managed to grab the advantage without her tribemates noticing. After the next Immunity Challenge, the Power Six targeted Andrea, though Sarah felt excluded from the decision and conspired with Zeke. However, Sarah reconsidered after Sierra proposed a final three deal with her and Debbie. Later, Debbie told Aubry Bracco that Sarah did not trust her. Aubry informed Sarah and the rest of her alliance of this, which made Sarah flip to the Tavua Alliance to blindside Debbie.

Sarah later revealed her Vote Steal advantage to Cirie in order to secure her trust. After Andrea won the next Immunity Challenge, she campaigned to eliminate Zeke for continuously plotting against the Tavua Alliance. This worried Sarah and Michaela, as they were afraid that this would allow the remnants of the Power Six to later regain the majority. However, both Sarah and Michaela joined their alliance in blindsiding Zeke at Tribal Council. The following day, Sarah tearfully reunited with her husband, Wyatt, at the Loved Ones Challenge. Though the team of Aubry, Andrea, and Brad won, Sarah and Cirie were chosen to join them on the reward, along with their loved ones. Following this, Sierra told Sarah about the Legacy Advantage she acquired at the marooning, stating that if she were to be voted out, she would will the advantage to her. As a result of this information, Sarah orchestrated Sierra's elimination, feigning expressions of shock after the votes were read. Unaware that Sarah had participated in her blindside, Sierra willed Sarah the Legacy Advantage, which appeared in her bag the following morning.

Prior to Tribal Council on Day 35, Sarah gave her Vote Steal advantage to Cirie as a sign of trust. In order to save Sarah from Tai's plan to eliminate her, Cirie tried to play the advantage at Tribal Council. However, it was then revealed that the advantage was non-transferable, and could only be played by the person who found it. Sarah asked for the advantage back and subsequently played it, negating Tai's vote and putting two votes on Michaela, one of Cirie's closest allies. Brad and Troyzan voted for Michaela as well, resulting in her elimination. After returning from Tribal Council, Sarah confronted Cirie for attempting to use the advantage without discussing her plan beforehand, and Cirie told her that she did so only because Sarah did not believe that Tai was coming after her. After finding out from Tai himself about his plan to vote her out, Sarah apologized to Cirie and rebuked Tai for backstabbing her.

The following day, Brad won immunity and chose to share the reward with Sarah and Troyzan. On the reward, the three agreed to target Tai. At Tribal Council, Sarah played the Legacy Advantage, which negated the three votes cast against her, Tai played a Hidden Immunity Idol on himself and Aubry, and Troyzan played an idol on himself, leaving Cirie as the only non-immune person, causing her to be eliminated by default. On Day 37, Sarah and Tai were caught in the middle of the duo of Brad and Troyzan who were targeting Aubry, and Aubry who was targeting Troyzan. Both Sarah and Tai ended up siding with Brad and Troyzan, leading to Aubry's unanimous elimination. On Day 38, Brad and Troyzan targeted Tai, while Tai targeted Troyzan, leaving Sarah as the swing vote. Tai tried to persuade Sarah to force a tie and allow him to compete against Troyzan in a fire-making challenge, but Sarah ultimately sided with Brad and Troyzan and Tai was unanimously voted out.

Sarah received a mixed reception at the Final Tribal Council. She was lauded for her strategic control and social flexibility, but condemned for using social relationships for strategic gain and her numerous betrayals. Sarah's strategic control throughout the post-merge phase beat out Brad's dominance in Immunity Challenges and Troyzan's lack of evident gameplay and she was awarded the title of Sole Survivor in a 7-3-0 vote.

Voting History

Episode Sarah's
Voted Against
1 Nuku Tribe Immune
Nuku Tribe Immune
2 Tavua Tribe Immune
3 Tavua Tribe Immune
4 Tavua Tribe Immune
5 Sandra -
6 Jeff -
7 Michaela -
Ozzy -
8 Debbie -
9 Zeke -
10 Sierra -
11 Andrea -
Michaela +
12 Tai2 Aubry, Cirie, Tai2
Aubry -
Tai -
Jury Votes
for Sarah
Andrea, Aubry, Cirie,
Hali, Michaela, Tai, Zeke
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In "Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow", Sarah used a Vote Steal advantage on Tai, allowing her to cast an additional vote in Tai's place.
^2 In "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished", Sarah used the Legacy Advantage, negating 3 votes against her. Also, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sarah's vote against him.

Winners at War

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Voting History

Episode Sarah's
Voted Against
1 Dakal Tribe Immune
Kim -
2 Dakal Tribe Immune
3 Dakal Tribe Immune
4 Tyson -
5 Rob Rob
6 Yara Tribe Immune
7 Yara Tribe Immune
8 Wendell -
9 Nick Adam
10 Denise +
11 Michele -
12 Kim -
13 Michele2 -
Nick -
14 Natalie;
Ben -
Lost Challenge4
Eliminated, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "The Full Circle", Sarah used a Vote Steal advantage on Denise, allowing her to cast an additional vote in Denise's place. Also, Kim used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Denise, negating Sarah's vote against her.
^2 In "The Penultimate Step of the War", Michele used a 50/50 coin advantage and landed on "Safe", negating Sarah's vote against her.
^3 In "It All Boils Down to This", Natalie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sarah's vote against her. Because Ben and Natalie both used Hidden Immunity Idols and negated all the votes cast at Tribal Council, a vote restart was held between the two non-immune players, Sarah and Denise. On the restart, Sarah did not receive any votes to be eliminated.
^4 Also in "It All Boils Down to This", Natalie had the advantage of choosing one person to be in the Final Three with her. She chose Michele, subjecting Sarah and Tony to a fire-making challenge. Sarah lost the challenge and was eliminated.


Sarah and her family.

Sarah's promotional photo for The Challenge: USA.

  • At the Cagayan Reunion Show, Sarah announced that she was six months pregnant with her first child.
    • Sarah gave birth to her son, Knox Wade, on August 22, 2014.[4]
  • In the spring of 2022, Sarah competed on CBS's The Challenge: USA.[5]


  • Sarah has played all three of her seasons with Tony Vlachos. They are the third pair to accomplish this feat, following Colby Donaldson and Jerri Manthey (The Australian Outback, All-Stars, and Heroes vs. Villains) and Amanda Kimmel and James Clement (China, Micronesia, and Heroes vs. Villains).
  • Sarah is the only member of Aparri to remain on the tribe after the tribe dissolve.
  • Sarah went the longest without attending a Tribal Council in Cagayan.
  • Sarah is the only person named Sarah or Sara to make the merge, as Sarah Jones, Sarah Dawson, and Sara Wilson were all eliminated pre-merge.
  • Sarah is the first woman from the original Aparri tribe to be voted out.
  • Sarah lost 7.3 lbs. during her time on Cagayan.[6]
  • During the Cagayan Reunion, host Jeff Probst mistakenly referred to Sarah's home state as Indiana instead of Iowa when addressing her. She did not correct him.
  • Sarah's 32nd birthday was on Day 34 of Game Changers.
  • Sarah is the first person to use a Vote Steal and vote for the person eliminated. She is also the first and only person to possess a Vote Steal in multiple seasons.
  • Sarah is the only person to use a Legacy Advantage successfully to prevent their elimination.
  • Sarah is tied with Natalie White, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, Erika Casupanan, and Maryanne Oketch for the most jury votes in a single season for a woman, at 7.
  • Sarah is the first non-unanimous Sole Survivor in a season with a 10-person jury. The prior two winners from a 10-person jury were Jeremy Collins in Cambodia and Adam Klein in Millennials vs. Gen X, both of whom received all 10 votes.
  • Sarah is the first winner of an all-returning players season to switch tribes during the pre-merge phase of the game.
  • Sarah is the first member of an auxiliary tribe to become the Sole Survivor. She would be followed by Wendell Holland in Ghost Island.
  • Sarah is the first player to become part of two different auxiliary tribes of a season following a tribe expansion, being a member of the newly-formed Tavua and Yara tribes.
  • Sarah and Jeremy Collins are the second and third players, following Rupert Boneham, to vote for the same person to be the Sole Survivor in two different seasons.
  • Sarah is the third person to be the first jury member in one season and the last jury member in another, following Lex van den Berghe and fellow Cagayan cast member Kass McQuillen.
    • She is the only one to be the first jury member first, then be the last jury member on a later attempt.
  • Sarah holds the record for having competed in the most individual Immunity Challenges without winning any of them, with 21.
  • Sarah is one of six returning players who has competed on at least three seasons but has never won an individual Immunity Challenge. The others are Cirie Fields, James Clement, Jeff Varner, Sandra Diaz-Twine, and Tina Wesson.
  • Sarah was the last female Sole Survivor until Erika Casupanan took the title in Survivor 41.
  • Both times Sarah lost, the eventual Sole Survivor was Tony Vlachos.
  • In both of Sarah's first two seasons, she attended her first Tribal Council on Day 16 and voted correctly.
    • Also in both of those seasons, the person who was voted out at Sarah's second Tribal Council was voted out with six votes against them.


Preceded by
Millennials vs. Gen X
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Adam Klein
Sole Survivor

Game Changers
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