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.

TOP TIMES

  • 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
2 years ago

Related to distance great Doug Gjertsen, by any chance?

Gary Gjertsen
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

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

Wondering
2 years ago

Any relation to Doug?

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

Funnie you should ask.

Nonrevhoofan
2 years ago

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

Nonrevhoofan
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
2 years ago

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.

Becky D
2 years ago

But what I *really* need to know: Is she related to Doug?

Admin
Reply to  Becky D
2 years ago

No known relation.

Wondering
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Has anyone asked Doug?

Swammer
2 years ago

Has to be some relation, no? Doug?

Admin
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Is this like the Regan Smith thing? Where the question has been asked and answer but y’all keep asking just because you think it’s funny? No relationship.

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Since I realized no one’s said it… Hey Emily, great job, both in the pool and obviously the classroom. Keep it up. Duke — that’s a big deal. I’ll reframe my question, does anyone know if Doug is related to brilliant scholar-athlete Emily?

Swammer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Great job Emily. Doug is probably proud.

Really
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Putting the Gjert back in Gjertsen…..

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
2 years ago

She clearly Doug deep to post those 1000 and 1650 yd times.

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