The NYU women’s swimming and diving team has started the season with an impressive 6-0 record. It also finished first out of four teams at the NYU Fall Invitational. The Violets are led by senior and co-captain Emily Doerner.
Doerner was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a photography major in the Tisch School of the Arts. She was a member of the swim team throughout all four years of high school and set the record in the 100-meter fly and was a recipient of the Parkway Swim Club Senior Recognition Award, Parkway Swim Club Star Award and Parkway Central High Girl’s Team Most Valuable Swimmer Award.
Doerner competes in both butterfly and backstroke events. During her time at NYU, Doerner has set several school records. In her sophomore year, she had 12 first-place finishes and set school records at the time in the 200-meter medley relay and the 200-meter free relay. In her junior year, Doerner earned the All-America honors for her eighth-place finish in the DIII NCAA Championship. She was named NYU Female Junior Scholar Athlete of the Year last season.
But Doerner’s accomplishments do not end in the pool. She is heavily involved with New York Cares, a nonprofit charity organization, and she plans to attend graduate school. She said she will not continue to swim competitively after graduation, however.
For the 2014-15 season, Doerner was named a co-captain for the second year in a row along with sophomore Michelle Kierencew and junior Krista Traub. The Violets have started the season with victories of which none were close, with decisive victories of 100 or more points. They are now ranked number six by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
“We should continue swimming well, and hopefully we will make a strong appearance at the NCAAs,” Doerner said.
Doerner noted the presence of the strong freshman class that has given the team a boost.
“Every year is slightly different because we bring in a new freshman class and this year’s freshmen are some very talented swimmers,” she said.
The Violets are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season. They will be competing in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship this weekend, and Doerner said she is confident the team will have postseason success due to its hard work and preparation.
Doerner will be back in action with the rest of her team from Dec. 5 to 7 to compete in the ECAC Championship at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, New York.
A version of this article appeared in the Dec. 4 print edition. Email Kyle Luther at [email protected]