February 27, 2020
Congratulations to Emily Hanson (Byers), Illinois Swimming Hall of Fame member, announced in the inaugural class of 2020, for her accomplishments in Open Water Swimming.
Emily represented USA in the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy; the 2010 FINA Open Water World Championships in Roberval, Quebec, Canada; and in FINA Open Water Grand Prix races in China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Dubai. She was a member of the USA Swimming National Team in 2009-2010, and 2010-2011.
She was a WAVES team member from age 10 to 18. Then competed for the University of Michigan, and Club Wolverine, where she became the first woman from Bloomington-Normal to achieve NCAA Division I first team All-American status.
A well-deserved honor!
http://tinyurl.com/uxcxw8s to see listing of all inaugural members of Illinois Swimming Hall of Fame.