#7 Emma Sticklen Announces Verbal Commitment to Texas for 2020

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Katy Aquatic Team’s Emma Sticklen, SwimSwam’s 7th-ranked commit in the class of 2020, has verbally committed to the Texas Longhorns. A junior at Taylor High School, not far from Austin, she’ll be staying in state and joining the Longhorns in the fall of 2020.


  • 50 free – 22.54
  • 100 free – 49.68
  • 200 free – 1:47.86
  • 100 back – 53.01
  • 100 fly – 51.88
  • 200 fly – 1:54.55

Sticklen is an impressive and rangy sprinter, with strong times in fly, back, and free. The fly, especially the 200, is her clearest strength, however. She’s already fast enough to have scored at the 2019 NCAA Championships in both butterfly events, and she would’ve been Texas’s top butterflier at that meet with her best times.

Sticklen is coming off of a great 2018-19 season where she won the 2018 Junior Nationals – West title in the 100 fly and then won 2019 Texas UIL 6A titles in both the 100 back and 100 fly.

Texas has a very strong class coming in for fall 2019, and Sticklen adds a ton of impact with her speed for the next class. 11 seniors are set to graduate this spring, along with five juniors (including sprinter Claire Adams and butterflier Lauren Case).

This is the third swimmer from our Top 20 to verbally commit to the Longhorns for 2020, as Sticklen joins #4 Olivia Bray and #16 Grace Cooper.

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2 years ago

Not sure “sprinter” is correct description for a 1:54 flyer!

2 years ago

Katy Taylor is still like 3 hours from UT

2 years ago

Congrats Emma! Your hard work has paid off! Texas got a good one!

Swim Mom
2 years ago

Congratulations Emma!!! Fantastic swimmer and a great teammate! Could not be happier for her!

2 years ago

Congratulations!!! Hook ‘em! 🤘🏻

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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