2018 New York State HS 500 Free Runner-Up Emily Gjertsen Verbals to Duke

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Badger Swim Club’s Emily Gjertsen will join the Duke Blue Devils next fall. She will be part of their class of 2024.


  • 200y free – 1:51.63
  • 500y free – 4:51.15
  • 1000y free – 9:56.00
  • 1650y free – 16:33.39
  • 400y IM – 4:25.15
  • 200m free – 2:06.20
  • 400m free – 4:18.44
  • 800m free – 8:47.97
  • 1500m free – 16:58.40

Gjertsen is primarily a distance freestyler, and she’s trending up — all of the times above are from the 2019 calendar year except for the 200y free time, which is from October 2018. A senior at Tuckahoe High School, she swam to a runner-up finish in the 500 free at the 2018 NYSPHSAA Champs, also touching ninth in the 200 free.

At the 2019 ACC Championships, Gjertsen’s time of 16:33.39 in the mile would’ve placed 13th, making her the highest Duke finisher ahead of Lucy Callard (who placed 13th in 16:34.20). She’s also just off of what it took to make the 500 free C final last year. Callard is a rising sophomore, and she’ll have two seasons of overlap with Gjertsen.

Gjertsen joins Aleyna OzkanCatherine Belyakov, Emily Lenihan, Sarah Foley, and Catherine Purnell in Duke’s class of 2024.

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Ol' Longhorn

Related to distance great Doug Gjertsen, by any chance?

Gary Gjertsen

No known relationship with Doug. I’m sure there is some ancestral connection though.


Any relation to Doug?


Funnie you should ask.


Best of luck, Emily. Anyone know if she is a member of the Gjertsen family formerly of Dunwoody, GA (a/k/a Doug)?


For the record, i was first. And i swam with the aforementioned Gjertsen clan. BEST OF LUCK, EMILY. I look forward to watching you at ACCs.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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