Wildcats bevy of young talent ready to prove themselves on the conference stage
2014-15: Versatile distance swimmer for the Wildcats, ranks in seven different events on Northwestern’s top times list following the fall … Those performances include career-best swims in the 200 free and 400 IM during the fall … Ranks second in the 200 free and 200 fly, fourth in the 500 free, 1,650 free and 400 IM, and fifth in the 1,000 free and 200 IM … Also swam with NU’s top 800 free relay … Qualified for four championship finals at Northwestern’s home TYR Invitational (11/21-11/23) … Finished third in the 200 free with a career-best time of 1:50.67, was seventh in the 500 free and eighth in the 200 fly …Her 200 fly prelim time of 2:02.90 was just six one-hundredths of a second shy of her career-best in the event … Also qualified eighth overall for the finals of the 400 IM with a career-best 4:25.67, but scratched the evening race … Was ninth overall at the TYR in the 1,650 freestyle … Saw limited dual-meet action prior to the TYR, competing only in a Nov. 7 quad-dual at Kentucky and a Nov. 13 dual at No. 19 Wisconsin … Placed third in both the 200 fly and 200 free against the Badgers … Was much more active in the winter, garnering three point-scoring dual meet performances, including a second-place result in the 1,000 free on Senior Night against Milwaukee (1/16) … All-told, scored points in five dual-meet events.
2013-14: Academic All-Big Ten ... Reached bonus final of 500 free at Big Tens with time of 4:56.40 to finish No. 24 ... Finished No. 26 in prelims at Big Tens of 500 free ... Finished No. 24 in 1,650 at Big Tens ... Finished No. 26 in 200 fly of Big Tens to earn swim off ... Ranked on five of NU's top times on the year ... Finished third for NU in 500 free, fourth on 1,000 free, third on 1,650 free, third on 200 fly and fourth on 400 IM ... Set new career highs in 500 free and 1,000 free ... Reached finals of TYR in 500 free, 400 IM, and 200 free ... Finished fifth in 1,000 free vs. Illinos/E. Mich (10/18) ... Finished fourth in 500 free v.s UIC/Wyoming (11/9) ... Swam in 1,650 free and 200 fly of Shamrock Invite, finishing fourth in mile.
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) ... Majoring in economics.