Chugiak’s Jennings signs with Boise State

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 09:09
  • Chugiak High senior swimmer Emmie Jennings signed a letter of intent to compete for Boise State University next year. Jennings was recently named the Outstanding Female Competitor after winning titles in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. Photo courtesy Maria Holtman for the Star

Emmie Jennings of Chugiak High School signed a National Letter of Intent to swim for Boise State University on Monday, Nov. 16 at the CHS Library.

Jennings, the recently crowned Alaska high school champion in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, was named the Outstanding Female Competitor at the 2015 ASAA State meet while swimming for the Mustangs.

Jennings has earned a 3.7 GPA and was a member of the Mustang team that was recognized at both the Region and State swim meets as the top Academic Female Swim Team based on cumulative GPA. Her parents are Gretchen and Tom Jennings of Eagle River and sisters are Kyle and Anna.

At the 2012 Alaska State High School Championships, Jennings capped her freshman year with a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle and a fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke. The following year she was second in the 200-yard individual medley and second in the 100-yard freestyle.

Boise State has a strong sprint presence in the Mountain West conference. At the 2015 championship meet, the Broncos won the 4×100 freestyle relay and were runners-up in the 4×50 relay. Jennings’ best 100 time would have made the “B” final, while her 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly would have landed her squarely in the “C” finals. She will also join fellow Alaskan, Dakota Isaak, a freshman this year who swam at Juneau-Douglas High School.

She looks forward to studying kinesiology at Boise State and further to pursue the physical therapy field. Emmie chose to swim for Boise State because they are traditionally a fast team at the top of the Mountain West Conference and qualifies swimmers for the NCAA championships.

She wants the challenge to compete at a high level on a very competitive team. Emmie was also recruited by several other universities. During her official visit to Boise, Emmie texted her mom, “I can see myself being here.”

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