There wasn’t much Emma Herold couldn’t do in the swimming pool this year.
The sophomore on the Kohler Splash co-op was strong in the butterfly and intermediate medley, and was a trustworthy leg on multiple relay teams as well.
But her best event was arguably the 50-yard freestyle, a mad-dash sprint from one end of the pool to the other and back again. The shortest — and quickest — event at swim meets, Herold mastered it.
She swam competitively against Division 1 opponents at bigger meets during the regular season, and kept shaving precious fractions of a second off her time until she left Madison last month with a fifth-place medal in the Division 2 state swimming championships.
“It’s huge,” Splash coach Sharon Ellifson said of her sophomore’s finish at State. “Especially in the 50 freestyle — there’s not a lot of time there to make a mistake, and every hundredth of a second counts. So she knew what it took to get on the medal stand and she did everything she needed to do.”
“I think we had a great season, and a lot of hard work was put into it but I’m really happy with the outcome,” Herold said. “And making it to state was really — I was really grateful for that and it was a great experience.”
The multi-talented swimmer — she nearly advanced to State in the 100 butterfly and was constantly strong in relays — could look to run more than one event in Madison next season, her coach said.
“You can always depend on her, the girls on the team respect her,” Ellifson said. “She is going to be one of our captains next year so she has a leadership role on the team, and I think she’s a good role model for the younger swimmers to see what it takes to succeed at school and in the pool.”