Emily Dykstra

Emily Dykstra


Year Sophomore
Height 5-4
Hometown Apex, N.C.
Last School Cardinal Gibbons
Club Team Marlins of Raleigh
Emily Dykstra


2017-18 ACC Academic Honor Roll


2017-18 (Sophomore): Swam for the Yellow Jackets in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 200 breast and 200 fly events on the year … Posted career-best times of 1:57.51 in the 200 free, 18:16.96 in the 1650 free, 2:34.90 in the 200 breast and 2:15.09 in the 200 fly on the season … Turned in the sixth-fastest time on the season for the Jackets in the 1650 free (18:16.96) and in the 200 breast (2:34.90) … Also posted the seventh-best time on the year for Tech in the 1000 free (11:02.82), the eighth-best mark in the 500 free (5:14.67) and the ninth-fastest time in the 200 fly (2:15.09) … Finished fifth overall in the 1000 free (11:19.08) in the dual meet at SCAD … Placed sixth overall in the 500 free (5:20.65) in the dual meet versus Emory and in the 200 breast (2:34.90) versus Delta State … Took seventh overall in the 1000 free (11:16.74) at South Carolina … Touched the wall in eighth-place overall in the 1000 free (11:02.82) at nationally ranked Georgia and finished ninth in the 1000 free (11:03.95) versus Pittsburgh, in the 1650 free (18:33.95) against Delta State and in the 500 free (5:20.65) versus Emory … Finished 10th overall in the 1650 free (18:32.62) in the final dual meet of the season versus Emory.

2016-17 (Freshman): Provided depth for the Jackets and showed her versatility by competing in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free events, as well as in a handful of breaststroke and fly events on the season … Recorded the fifth-fastest time for Tech on the season in the 1000 free (10:46.10), 1650 free (18:18.96) and 200 breast (2:35.46) … Also turned in the seventh-best time on the season for the Jackets in the 500 free (5:12.00) … Posted a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 250 free (2:32.72) and 50 breast (33.38) at the season-opening half-double meet versus Georgia Southern … Finished sixth overall in the 1650 free (18:18.96) versus Alabama and seventh in the 1000 free (10:46.10) in the dual meet with Georgia … Also placed eighth overall in both the 1000 free (11:00.57) and 200 breast (2:35.46) in the dual meet against Notre Dame, as well as in the 500 free (5:17.93) versus both Florida State and SCAD … Swam in the 200 free (2:03.12), 500 free (5:22.60) and 200 fly (2:35.78) events at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet.

Before Tech: Lettered for four years on the swim team at Cardinal Gibbons High School for coach Jonah Turner … Was a team captain her senior season … Ranked as high as 29th overall in the state of North Carolina … Tabbed an all-American in 2014-15 … Named to the Big Eight 3A Athletic All-Conference Team in four events in 2014-15 … Was also named to the Piedmont Athletic All-Conference Team as a senior in 2015-16 … A three-time team MVP in 2013, 2014 and 2016 … Awarded the Cardinal Gibbons Swim Team Gold Medal Club Award in 2014 and 2016 … Was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award her junior season … Also received the Coaches’ Award her sophomore year … Reset the Cardinal Gibbons swim team record for the 500 free in 2012-13 and again in 2013-14, and holds that record to date … Guided her team to three-straight 3A Big Eight Conference Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 … Helped lead her team to the 4A Pac-6 Conference Championship in 2016 … Led her team to three-straight NCHSAA 3A Eastern Regional Championships (2013, 2014 and 2015) and one NCHSAA 4A Central Regional Championship (2016) … A member of the Marketing Club, French Club, Alchemist Club and the Franciscan Youth International club … Also served on the Spiritual Life Leadership Council … Named an AP Scholar Award winner … Was a member of the A/B honor roll all four years and was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Full name is Emily Sarah Dykstra … Born Oct. 16, 1998 in Raleigh, N.C. … Daughter of Michael Dykstra and Shelley Ching … Enjoys sailing, scuba diving and playing the piano … Started swimming at the age of four … Participated as a classroom representative in the annual Christmas Toy Drive at Cardinal Gibbons High School … Chose Tech because of the outstanding education and research opportunities, location, the support for athletics and the swim team … Plans to major in chemical and biomolecular engineering.


Dykstra’s Career Top Scores (4/1/18)
200 Free1:57.512017 Georgia Tech Invitational
500 Free5:12.00vs. Notre Dame (10/21-22/16)
1000 Free10:46.10vs. Georgia (11/2/16)
1650 Free18:16.962017 Georgia Tech Invitational
200 Breast2:34.90vs. Delta State (10/28/17)
200 Fly2:15.09at Bulldog Invitational (2/25/18)