Wildcats travel to Minnesota in search of titles, NCAA berths
2012-13: Newcomer with strong potential in distance events for Northwestern, ranked in five different events on the Wildcats' top times list during her freshman season ... Was third in the 1,000 free and 1,650 free, fourth in the 500 free and 400 IM, and fifth in the 200 free ... Competed in the 1,650 free (20th), 500 free (40th) and 200 free (45th) at her first Big Ten Championships ... Captured third in the 1,650 freestyle at Northwestern's own six-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18) ... Made the championship final of the 400 IM at the TYR before swimming to a fourth-place result ... Also scored points at the TYR with consolation finals appearances in the 500 free (14th), 200 free (16th) and 200 back (16th) ... Scored points in three events at the seven-team Iowa Invitational (11/30-12/2) ... Finished 10th in the mile, 15th in the 500 free after a season-best 4:56.06 in the prelims and 16th in the 400 IM ... Scored dual-meet points with seven total top-five event finishes ... Won the 1,000 free and took second in the 500 free against UIC (11/2).
High School: Member of the Illinois High School state title team as a freshman and sophomore before finishing third in her junior season ... Ranked as the 10th best recruit in the state of Illinois by Collegeswimming.com... Earned two national championships (one in the 400 freestyle and another in the 800 freestyle) in July 2011 in Atlanta, Ga. ... Four-time Academic All-Catholic Conference ... National Interscholastic Swimming All-American ... Also ran two years of distance events in track during her prep career ... Swam 10 years of club at the Kishwaukee YMCA for coach Brian Bickner ... A 32-time YMCA All-American at YMCA National meets ... YMCA National qualifier in 13 events in short course and long course meters in 2011 ... 2011 Summer Junior National Qualifier ... National Honor Society member ... Mu Alpha Theta ... High Honor Roll from 2008-11 ... National Foreign Language Society ... Rosary High School's 50 plus Service Award ... Catherine of Siena Candidate.
Personal: Born Emily Christine Launer ... Daughter of Jim and Kim Launer ... Chose Northwestern over Nebraska, Notre Dame, Iowa and Miami (Ohio) ... Plans to major in engineering.