Sarah Lacina

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Contestant Profile
Born: July 9, 1984 (1984-07-09) (age 32)
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Occupation: Police Officer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Aparri
Finish: 11/18
Alliance(s): Aparri Alliance
Challenge Wins: 6
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 19
Game Changers
Tribe(s): Nuku
► Tavua
► Nuku
Maku Maku
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): Power Six
Tavua Alliance
Challenge Wins: 9
Votes Against: 3
Days Lasted: 39

Sarah Lacina is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Game Changers. She previously competed on Survivor: Cagayan.

In Cagayan, Sarah is best remembered for being blindsided at the beginning of the merge, after she considered herself to have the most power as the swing vote, which caused fellow tribe mate Kass McQuillen to flip on the majority alliance, and vote her out instead.

Returning from Cagayan to Survivor: Game Changers with a vow to play a more assertive game, Sarah found herself able to use her skills to help navigate herself throughout the season, assuming a much more aggressive stance in the game, and allowing for herself to accomplish strong strategic moves. After acquiring and successfully playing both the Vote Steal and Legacy advantages, helping orchestrate an array of blindsides, and forging strong social connections with a plethora of fellow castaways, the jury voted to award Sarah the title of Sole Survivor.


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Name (Age): Sarah Lacina (29)
Tribe Designation: Aparri
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 Freberg. 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: Brains vs. Brawn 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]



Sarah was 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 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 saying that Cliff Robinson and Lindsey Ogle were gunning for her. Tony and Sarah convinced Woo Hwang and Trish Hegarty to come into their alliance and throw the challenge to vote Cliff out, who would then be followed by Lindsey. Despite Sarah, Trish, and Woo attempting to throw the challenge, Cliff single-handedly saved himself by winning the challenge for them continuing their winning streak and did not have to attend a Tribal Council. Sarah then said in a confessional that rival tribe Luzon deserved to lose after their terrible performance. At the tribe swap, Sarah was left as the only remaining Brawn still on Aparri, as all her tribemates swapped to Solana.

Sarah was thrilled when Jeff Probst told her tribe that Cliff and Lindsey had both been eliminated. When the Aparri tribe lost the challenge, Tony (on the Solana tribe) yelled "Top 5", which made Sarah feel excluded. Then came the merge where Sarah was the swing vote for both tribes. At first Sarah wanted to stick with the new Aparri tribe but Kass McQuillen questioned her loyalty which made Sarah feel insecure. Tony tried to make Sarah swear to side back with his alliance which she couldn't. Sarah became the swing vote. Kass continued to argue with Sarah which Trish saw as an opportunity. Kass and Tasha Fox asked Sarah if she was willing to send home Trish or Jefra Bland, which Sarah refused. Sarah would rather target a strong male who could possibly have an idol such as Tony or LJ McKanas. Trish and Tony realized that Sarah was no longer on their side. Trish went to talk to Kass to convince her to go with her alliance's votes.

All of the new Aparri voted Jefra while all of the new Solana voted Sarah. Kass flipped on her alliance and voted for Sarah, sending her home as the first jury member and in 11th place. The new Solana happily applauded themselves after voting out Sarah.

At 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 she played the same game as Tony did, would he vote for her. Woo said if she did it without the idols, he would vote for her. Despite liking Woo and angered with Tony, Sarah voted for the latter to become the Sole Survivor, contributing to his victory in an 8-1 vote.

Voting History

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

Game Changers

Sarah started on the Nuku tribe where she aligned with Cirie Fields. Because Nuku won the first two challenges, they did not go to tribal council. After the tribe switch occurred, she, along with fellow Nuku's Andrea Boehlke Ozzy Lusth, Zeke Smith, and Cirie, and Mana member Troyzan Robertson, were switched to Tavua which was the third tribe. Tavua dominated the next three challenges. Despite being in the majority, she aligned with Troyzan who was the outsider.

After Tavua was dissolved, she along with Zeke, Ozzy, Tai Trang, and Andrea were switched back to Nuku. They were joined by Sandra Diaz-Twine and Jeff Varner. Sarah lost her first immunity challenge on Day 16. At tribal council, Sarah joined the majority in voting out Sandra. Nuku lost immunity again on Day 18. At Tribal Council, Sarah joined the others in verbally voting out Jeff.

Sarah managed to reach the merge. She then joined an alliance led by Cirie and Andrea. Despite being apart of that alliance she would navigate between her alliance, and the rival alliance led by Sierra Dawn Thomas and Brad Culpepper.

At the Final 11, Sarah managed to retrieve the vote steal advantage. At the final 9, Sarah met her husband Wyatt at the Loved Ones Challenge. Though the team of Aubry, Andrea, and Brad won, Sarah, along with Cirie, were chosen to join them on the Reward Challenge along with their loved ones. Sierra told Sarah she has the Legacy Advantage and she will give it to her if she is voted out; so then Sarah orchestrated her elimination. Sierra ended up giving Sarah the legacy advantage, unaware that Sarah had blindsided her.

Prior to the final seven Tribal Council, Sarah gave her vote steal advantage to Cirie to build more trust. At Tribal Council, Cirie tried to play it, but Jeff disallowed her to do that because it was Sarah's. Sarah asked for the advantage back and Cirie gave it to her. She then played the advantage, putting two votes on Michaela Bradshaw. Brad and Troyzan voted for Michaela as well so she was blindsided. After returning from Tribal Council, Sarah confronted Cirie for using her own advantage and Cirie told her that she did that because Tai was coming after her. After finding out from Tai that he was going after her, Sarah apologized to Cirie and rebuked Tai for backstabbing her.

On Day 36, 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 an idol on himself and Aubry Bracco, Troyzan played an idol on himself, so this left Cirie as the only non immune person, so she was eliminated by default. On Day 37, Sarah and Tai were caught in the middle between the duo of Brad and Troyzan who were targeting Aubry, and Aubry who was targeting Tai. Both Sarah and Tai ended up siding with Brad and Troyzan so Aubry was unanimously voted out. On Day 38, Brad and Troyzan targeted Tai while Tai targeted Troyzan, so Sarah was the swing vote. Tai tried to persuade Sarah to enforce a tie, but at Tribal Council, Sarah sided with Brad and Troyzan so Tai was unanimously voted out. Sarah was now in the Final Three with Brad and Troyzan.

Sarah received 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 out the post-merge phase beat out Brad's dominance in immunity challenges, and Troyzan's lack of gameplay and she was awarded the title of Sole Survivor in a 7-3-0 vote only losing Ozzy's, Debbie Wanner's, and Sierra's votes.

Voting History

Sarah's Voting History
Episode Sarah's
Voted Against
1 Nuku Tribe Immune
2 Nuku Tribe Immune
3 Tavua Tribe Immune
4 Tavua Tribe Immune
5 Tavua Tribe Immune
6 Sandra -
7 Jeff -
8 Michaela -
9 Ozzy -
10 Debbie -
11 Zeke -
12 Sierra -
13 Andrea -
Michaela +
14 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 a Legacy Advantage, negating 3 votes against her. Also, Tai used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sarah's vote against him.


Sarah family

Sarah and her family.

  • At the Cagayan Reunion Show, Sarah announced she is six months pregnant with her first child.
    • Sarah gave birth to her son, Knox Wade on August 22, 2014. [3]


Statistics of Sarah Lacina
Seasons competed: 2
Days lasted: 58
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins: 14
Individual wins: 1
Total wins: 15
Tribal Council
Total votes received: 9
Exile Island
Times exiled: 0
Redemption Island
Duels won: N/A
Days spent on Redemption Island: N/A
  • Sarah is one of two cops competing on the Aparri tribe, along with Tony Vlachos.
  • Sarah went the longest without attending a Tribal Council in Survivor: Cagayan.
  • Sarah is the only person named Sarah to make the merge, as Sarah Jones and Sarah Dawson were both eliminated pre-merge.
  • Sarah is the first woman from original Aparri to be voted out.
  • Sarah lost 7.3 lbs. (3.3 kg) during her time on Survivor: Cagayan.[4]
  • During the Cagayan Reunion, Jeff mistakenly referred to Sarah's home state as Indiana instead of Iowa when addressing her. She did not correct him.
  • Both times she competed, Sarah won the first five tribal Immunity Challenges before attending her first Tribal Council on Day 16.
  • Sarah is the first person to use a Legacy Advantage and negate enough votes to cause their elimination.
  • Sarah is the eighth castaway to become the Sole Survivor without winning Individual Immunity, following Tina Wesson, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Yul Kwon, Earl Cole, Todd Herzog, Natalie White, and Tony Vlachos.
  • Sarah is the third woman to defeat two men at Final Tribal Council, following Natalie White and Sophie Clarke.
  • Sarah is tied with Natalie White and Kim Spradlin for the most jury votes for a woman, at 7.
  • Sarah is the first woman to only receive uncounted votes during a season and become the Sole Survivor and the third person overall following Mike Holloway and Jeremy Collins in Survivor: Cambodia.
  • Sarah is the first person to not win unanimously in a season with a 10-person jury.
  • Sarah had the fewest confessionals for a person who had most confessionals in a single season, with 45 over the course of Survivor: Game Changers.
  • Sarah is the first winner of an all returnees season to not stay on one tribe during the pre-merge phase.


Preceded by
Millennials vs. Gen X
S33 adam t
Adam Klein
Sole Survivor

Game Changers
S34 sarah t
Sarah Lacina
Succeeded by
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers