Craig Emslie, a sophomore at Indian River State College, has made a verbal commitment to transfer to University of North Carolina in the fall of 2016. “I chose UNC not only for its outstanding swim program, but also for its excellent Business school and phenomenal team spirit.”
Emslie is from Cape Town, South Africa, where he attended Rondebosch Boys’ High School. He chose IRSC “because of its facilities and its reputation for producing many other outstanding South African swimmers,” Emslie told SwimSwam.
At IRSC Emslie adapted quickly to the short course yards format and wound up winning both the 100 breast (54.48) and 200 breast (1:58.67) at the 2015 NJCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. He was also runner-up in the 50 free (20.39). Emslie was a member of IRSC’s national record-setting 400 medley and 800 free relays, as well as their first-place 200 medley and 400 free relays.
Emslie crushed the NJCAA record in the 100 breast this fall at the 2015 Georgia Tech Invite in November; his third-place finish of 52.77 was over 1.1 seconds faster than the previous national junior college mark. Emslie’s top times include:
- 50y free – 20.23
- 100y free – 43.52
- 100y breast – 52.77
- 200y breast – 1:58.67
- 200y IM – 1:53.45
Emslie will be a welcome addition to the Tar Heels’ roster; his best 100 breast performance would have scored second at last year’s ACC Conference Championships, while his 200 would have landed him in the C final.
“It took me quite a while to adapt to SCY, hence, my coach and I placed emphasis on my turns and under waters.
The Georgia Tech Invitational is where I knew I had the opportunity to shine out and set some personal bests. This is where I set a 52.77 in the 100Breast and 43.53 in the 100 Free. The team atmosphere was great and we all backed each other up in every race.
Although I’ve had some swims that I’m proud of, I believe it’s only the start. Currently I’m putting my head underwater in preparation for NJCAA and more importantly, South African Olympic Trials that will be held in April.”