University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alumni Emily McClellan is taking a training stop in Minneapolis this summer before headed out to Southern California to dive head-first into her post-graduate career.
McClellan says that she’ll spend the summer training under Kelly Kremer as part of a growing post-graduate group at the University of Minnesota this summer, and that her long-term goal is to join Dave Salo’s renowned breaststroke program at USC after Nationals.
McClellan was the runner-up at the 2014 NCAA Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke, swimming a 57.76. That put her half-a-second behind Breeja Larson, who swam the fastest 100 yard breaststroke in history, and incidentally also made McClellan the second-fastest 100 yard breaststroker at the NCAA level and third-fastest at any level in history (Alia Atkinson was faster as well, but only as a post-grad.)
Now she joins a training group that includes some very good breaststrokes. Among them are 2011 NCAA 200 breaststroke champion Haley Spencer, Phillippines National Teamer Josh Hall, and former Minnesota All-American Jared Anderson.
McClellan has raced two meets since the NCAA season ended, both in long course. At the Charlotte Grand Prix in mid-May, she was a 1:08.77 in the 100 breaststroke and a 2:29.12 in the 200 breaststroke; and then at a local club prelims/finals meet last week she swam a 1:11.6 in the 100 breaststroke and a 2:26.2 in the 200 IM. That 1:08.7 in Charlotte is the fastest in-season time of her career.
Despite her success, McClellan has been overlooked at times because she swam at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her improvements in college, however, came in a hurry: she was a good, but very raw, 1:02.4 breaststroker coming out of high school. Her first records of long course swimming, according to the USA Swimming database, wasn’t until she was 17: before her senior year of high school.
Now she’s got a serious chance, albeit a not-much-talked-about chance, of qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Pan Pacs team, and could be called even so much as a favorite to qualify for the U.S. National Team in the 100 breaststroke.