Hobart William Smith College’s Top Recruit: Emma WIlber
Senior Emma Wilber awaits her acceptance letter before officially committing to HWS
November 18, 2016
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With early college applications going out at the beginning of November, most students wait nervously to receive a letter from their top schools. Monument Mountain’s swim captain, Emma Wilber, however, has an advantage over most, as she remains Hobart William Smith’s top swimming recruit.
William Smith, previously an all girls school, combined with Hobart in 1943 to share some classes and buildings. The schools are still quite separate; in fact, there is still only a women’s swim team. “They only have a girls swim team which is going to be very different for me,” Wilber explained. She continued, “Honestly, at first I was really worried about it cause I’ve been practicing and racing boys in practice as long as I’ve been swimming, so it will be a huge change for me. The team is extremely tight knit with a coach who cares about the team immensely.”
Even though other schools caught Wilber’s eye HWS stuck. “The coach and swim program at HWS was more of what I was looking for. The school’s environmental program is just way better and a better fit for me than others. I have to remember that
I’m going to school for school and the swimming is after,” Wilber said. Despite the pressure to perform, Wilber doesn’t seem too rattled. “Honestly I can’t wait for next year. Being able to have a fresh new start. I’m just gonna take everything in I mean it’s college. You gotta live it up. But also, I’m looking forward to a new coach and team and being able to take classes that interest me and are different from what I’ve been learning all along. I’m just gonna go with the flow and let whatever happen, happen.”
Although Wilber excelled in the pool at both the local and national level, college will surely bring harder challenges as well as new opportunities. As she awaits the return of her early decision application, she receives updates on the team with encouraging texts from her new coach. “I just need my letter of acceptance and then I’m gone,” Wilber joked.