Sink or Swim

How Emily manages to stay afloat

Emily laughs as she struggles to replicate a swimming stretch on dry land. “We normally stretch in the pool” she remarks of her swim routine at Bloomington South High School.

Emily Long seems pressed to remember exactly when she began swimming. Her eyes look up as if to search for a buried memory, quickly hesitating before revealing how long the sport has influenced her.  “I started [swimming] when I was six almost seven…and I decided that was just where I was going to go from there.”

Although very skilled in swimming, Emily is graciously humble, never boasting of an accomplishment. Her demeanor initially strikes as focused, almost reserved before becoming more light-hearted upon further conversation. When asked if she can connect what she has learned from swimming to any …
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