Emma Doughty had a tough time earning a medal at the World Deaf Swimming Championships this summer.
Doughty after all, is 13 years old. She was one of the youngest swimmers competing in San Antonio, Texas, where there were no age divisions, but the experience was a nice springboard into the Section V season for the second-year varsity member at Hilton.
“I dropped a massive amount of time in each event I swam,” the Merton Williams eighth-grader said. “It wasn’t a half-second drop, it was three- or four-second drops.
“Despite my disappointment, I was very, very proud of myself. This is what I absolutely love to do.”
Doughty, who was born deaf, swam in the 50-meter freestyle, the 50, 100 and 200 backstrokes and 50 butterfly, plus the 50 and 100 breaststrokes.
“I’m only 13, I’ve got a long way to go,” Doughty said. “I also worked extremely hard to get to San Antonio, and I’m so glad to say that I’ve had the best time of my life.
“I made lifelong friends from my team and from the Great Britain team. The two teams combined were a little family. I saw my old friends from Russia and reconnected with them.”
Doughty, who swims the 200 and 500 free for the Hilton Cadets, said she would like to swim in the 2017 Deaflympics hosted by Turkey. She advanced into the Section V Class A Championships in the 200 free after “feeling things out” during her first varsity season, according to Hilton coach Jeff Sadowski.