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Emma Willmer, a senior at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California, has committed to swim at Boise State University in the fall of 2020. She will join future Broncos Jessica Davis, Katie Faris, Maxine Catig, and Samantha Nickell in the class of 2024.
“I am beyond ecstatic and excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Boise State University!! While on my trip there, [it] was hard for me not to miss the closeness and special bond that the team has, it truly feels like one big family. I absolutely loved how Coach Christine and Coach Jordan are both so dedicated to help their swimmers not only become better athletes and students, but also help them become better individuals. I cannot wait for this next chapter in my life and I am so incredibly thankful for my big family (for cheering me on and never failing to make me smile), my coaches (for always encouraging and helping me) and my teammates (for pushing me and making me laugh). Also, a huge thank you to the team for welcoming me into the bronco family!! So grateful that God has blessed me with such an amazing opportunity and I’m SO excited to be a bronco these next four years!! #bleedblue 💙🧡🐴”
Willmer swims year-round with Irvine Novaquatics and specializes in breaststroke and IM. She placed 14th in the 200 IM (2:07.25) at 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championships last May. She swam the 100 breast in prelims (1:06.91) and led off the 16th-place 400 free relay (54.67). In club swimming she had a strong showing at Winter Juniors West in December, reaching the B final of the 200y breast and notching a best time of 2:16.22 in prelims. She also earned PBs in the 200y IM and the 200m breast, eking out a best time of 2:36.48 in time trials.
Willmer’s best 400 IM time would have scored for the third-place Broncos at the 2019 MWC Championships. It took 1:04.53/2:21.28 to get a second swim in the breaststroke events and 2:04.96 to score in the 200 IM.
Top SCY times:
- 200 breast – 2:16.22
- 100 breast – 1:05.12
- 200 IM – 2:05.95
- 400 IM – 4:26.78
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