UCLA Bruins Land Verbal Commitment from Breaststroker Emma Smethurst

Emma Smethurst of Walnut Creek, California, has announced her intention to swim for University of California, Los Angeles beginning in the fall of 2018. She will join fellow verbal commit Abriana Howard in the Bruins’ class of 2022.

“I chose UCLA because it is an amazing school with a great swim program. The opportunities at UCLA are endless. I am very excited to swim for coaches Cyndi and Naya and to be a part of the Bruin family!!”

Smethurst is a rising senior at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, whom she represented at both the 2017 CIF-North Coast Section Championships and the California State Championships a week later. At the NCS meet she took 10th in the 100 breast and was 17th in the 200 IM. She also contributed to Northgate’s medley relay (the breast leg) and 200 free relay. Smethurst finished 34th in the 100 breast at the state meet.

Smethurst swims year-round for Walnut Creek Aquabears. She is a Summer Juniors qualifier in the LCM 100/200 breaststrokes and a Winter Juniors qualifier in the SCY 100/200 breasts.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 breast – 31.54
  • 100 breast – 1:03.93
  • 200 breast – 2:19.43
  • 200 IM – 2:09.07
  • 50 free – 24.38
  • 100 free – 53.89

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected]


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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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