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CCA swimmer Hruby signs letter of intent with Northwestern

CCA senior Emma Hruby signs a letter of intent for swimming at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., during a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin. Hruby was joined by her mother Susan, sister Claire and father Luke. (photo courtesy of Kurt Ronnfeldt, CCA Athletic Director)

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmer Emma Hruby signed a letter of intent to swim for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., during a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at the high school.
Hruby has been swimming with a USA Swimming Club since the third grade and currently swims for the Iowa Flyers Swim Club (IFLY). She recently had state titles in the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM as well as several top-three finishes in multiple events. Hruby also won titles in the 500-freestyle and mile. Last summer, Hruby qualified for both the USA Junior Nationals and USA Winter Nationals, while closing in on her Olympic Trials Cut in the 200 breaststroke.
Mom Susan Hruby explained there is a qualifying period for the Olympic Trials with standards set by USA Swimming, and that the 2016 qualifying times are significantly faster than they were in 2012. “Based on her current times we are optimistic that the sectionals meet in March (held in Wisconsin) will be a good opportunity for her to get her cut,” Mrs. Hruby said.
Emma was drawn to Northwestern after visits to the University of Iowa, Ohio State and Columbia University.
“She really liked the team and the coaches (at Northwestern),” Mrs. Hruby said. “They have a new head coach who is very excited for the future of their team,” she added, noting Emma was also excited about the academic opportunities.
Outside the pool, Emma is a four-year member of the marching band and student council, has earned an academic letter all four years and is also a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to her swimming awards, Emma is also on the USA Academic All-American Team.