NCAA Division I St. Francis College in Brooklyn New York has made a splashy hire to fill the assistant coaching position for its men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. Former NCAA Champion Emma Reaney is joining the Terriers’ staff for the 2021 season.
Reaney joins assistants Jon Pepaj, Suzanne Lemberg, and Carl Quigley, as assistants under head coach Brian Guidera. The staff also includes graduate assistant Raphaelle Gregiore and volunteer assistant Michael Gemelli.
Reaney swam collegiately at Notre Dame, where she was a 14-time conference champion and 13-time CSCAA All-America honoree. She was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the 2013 Big East Championships and Most Valuable Swimmer at the 2014 ACC Championships after Notre Dame switched conferences.
She was both the ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year and ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior in 2014.
Her college career culminated with an NCAA title in the 200 breaststroke in 2014, setting an ACC, NCAA, U.S. Open, and American-Record time of 2:04.06 – then the fastest yards swim in history. She is still the 6th-best performer in the history of the event.
Reaney was the first swimmer in program history to win an NCAA title and is believed to be the school’s first student-athlete to hold an American Record in any sport.
Reaney also did a tour as a member of the USA Swimming National Team. After finishing 13th in the 200 IM at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, she earned a spot on the 2013-2014 US National Team.
She represented the U.S. at the 2014 World Short Course Championships, where she took a silver medal as a member of the American 200 medley relay. Her 29.42 breaststroke split in finals was the fastest of the entire field in either round of competition.
Individually, she placed 6th in the 50 breast, 10th in the 100 breast, and 14th in the 200 breast at that meet.
A year later, in long course, she represented the United States at the 2015 World University Games. There she shared bronze in the 50 breaststroke with Italy’s Martina Carraro.
Since retiring from swimming after the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, she has worked in social media, first for a brewery and more recently for a company called Babyganics.
St. Francis College Brooklyn, not to be confused with St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, competes in the NEC Conference. While St. Francis College has not yet announced a schedule for this year’s season, the NEC Swimming Championships this season will be held from March 29 to April 2 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
The women’s team finished 7th at last year’s NEC Championship meet, while 2021 will see the first edition of the conference’s newly-added men’s swimming & diving championship.