Andrew Wilson Returns to Emory

by Hannah Saiz 16

August 27th, 2016 College, NCAA Division III, News

Once upon a time, the news that a Division III student athlete was returning to the puddle after a year away from collegiate competition would not have been big news.

That was before Emory University’s Andrew Wilson.

Wilson, studying physics and applied mathematics, took the 2015-16 season off to train for the Olympic Trials in an effort to make a berth on the USA Olympic Team. He finished fifth in the men’s 100m breaststroke (59.97) and fourth in the men’s 200m breaststroke (2:09.35), outside the top two spots that make the team.

While he fell short of the mark to qualify for the Olympic Team, Wilson did return to the competition pool for the US Open, setting a new meet record in the 200 breast (2:09.73) and establishing a new personal best in the 100 breast (59.51) en route to claiming two US Open Titles. That 100 made him the third fastest American this season, and – after the Olympics – ranks him eleventh in the world.

Wilson’s explosion onto the national scene in 2015 at the Phillips 66 was a surprise to anyone who wasn’t closely following Division III at the time. At the 2015 Division III National Championship meet, Wilson clocked three new Division III records, including the 9th fastest 100 breaststroke done by an American (51.72) and the 13th best 200 breaststroke (1:52.97), chopping entire seconds off both records in the process.

And he’s not done yet. With a final season to go as an Emory Eagle, Wilson takes the helm as possibly the most accomplished swimmer to come out out of Division III. Joining Wilson in heading up the men’s side of the Eagle squad are two other Olympic Trial qualifiers: Oliver Smith (50 free) and Christian Baker (400 free).

The Emory swimming and diving team opens the 2016-17 season October 7th and 8th against Georgica Tech and Notre Dame.

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Will he swim for the next quad too?


Did you call D-III a puddle?


I love it.


That “puddle” is gonna be pretty deep at Emory this year with Wilson, Smith, Baker, Burdette-Sapp, Tollen and other strong returners, while Kenyon and Denison both seem to have lost a lot of bench with graduating seniors. Emory seems to have relied last March more on their underclassmen and some incredible supporting performances in the clinch (thank you, Aaron, Trey and Alex!). Wilson might just be the rallying point the Eagles have needed. Screech is watching the Emory men this season, very carefully. GO EAGLES!!


My handle is “BaldingEagle” because I went to Emory (the Eagles), and I’m losing my hair.

About Hannah Saiz

Hannah Saiz fell into a pool at age eleven and hasn't climbed out since. She attended Kenyon College, won an individual national title in the 2013 NCAA 200 butterfly, and post-graduation has seen no reason to exit the natatorium. Her quest for continued chlorine over-exposure has taken her to Wisconsin …

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