About Emma Sticklen
Emma Sticklen is a member of the University of Texas swim team where she is currently majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in business. Born and raised in Katy Texas, Sticklen attended Taylor High School and swam club for Katy Aquatics. Prior to college, Sticklen was a three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and two-time NISCA All-American. Additionally, she is the 2019 Texas State champion in the 100 butterfly and backstroke and still holds the Texas state record in the 100 butterfly (51.88). In 2020, she was an Olympic Trials qualifier.
At the Big 12 Championship, Sticklen finished 2nd in the 100 fly (51.99), and 3rd in the 200 fly (1:55.52) and 50 free (22.56). At the NCAA championships, Sticklen finished 7th in the 200 fly (1:54.09) and placed 11th in the 100 fly (51.91). To close her freshman year, she was named CSCAA Scholar All-American First Team.
Sticklen’s swimming skills continued to improve as she captured gold in the 200 fly (1:52.82), placed 2nd in the 100 back (52.67), and finished 3rd in the 200 IM (1:56.69) at the Big 12 conference. As a team player, Sticklen was part of three relays placing 12th in the 200 free relay, 5th in the 200 medley, and 4th in the 400 medley relay at the NCAA championship. Individually, she placed 4th in the 100 fly (50.29) and 7th in the 200 fly (1:52.22) at the NCAA championship.
As a junior, Sticklen won gold in the 200 fly (1:52.11) and silver in the 200 free (1:46.49) and 200 IM (1:57.88) at the Big 12 Championship. At the NCAA championship, Sticklen teamed with Olivia Bray, Lydia Jacoby, and Kelly Pash to set a new program record in the 400 medley relay (3:25.18) to win bronze. Winning another bronze, Sticklen teamed with Olivia Bray, Anna Elendt, and Grace Cooper in the 200-medley relay (1:33.22) setting another program record. Individually she won the national championship in the 200 fly (1:49.95), which is a new meet and program record at the NCAA championship, tied for 5th in the 100 fly (50.15), and placed 6th in the 200 IM (1:54.09). After a record-breaking season, Sticklen was named Big 12 Swimmer of the Year.