October 7, 2013
I am very excited to say that after a very long day of emotions, Emily was announced as the 2013 FINA World Cup Open Water Champion at the awards banquet. This award is handed out to the number one swimmer in points for the entire series. There was a bit of confusion over the results because the Hong Kong event was trying to double the points for this race. Emily had a 22 point lead coming in to today. This evening after a couple protests about the scoring it was determined that they could not double the points which left Emily at the top of the leader board. She is the 1st American to ever win the World Cup series and the total prize was $20,000.00
Of the seven races this season Emily swam in six of them. She finished 1st in three races - Brazil, Argentina and Canada; and 2nd in China. Today was not the greatest of races in Emily's eyes but being there with her I couldn't have been more proud of her. Let’s face it...to finish 10th and only be about 10 seconds behind the leader and less than a second of 7th place after 6.2 miles is pretty remarkable. Oh did I mention that this race had the best in the world competing!!!
This trip has been amazing and I have been very honored to be Emily's coach. Emily makes it pretty easy to do because she carries herself so well and is so well prepared. I have learned so many great things while being on this trip. I am looking forward to raising our game in the sport of open water. The goal is now to get Clippers to this level!!! I am confident it can be done and with such a role model like Emily in our corner it makes it even more possible.
Congratulations to Emily and thank you to the Clippers for allowing me to have this opportunity to learn at the highest levels. I am excited about being back on deck this week.