In his second year at the helm at Alabama, head coach Dennis Pursley continued his turnaround of the program as the Tide had both an SEC Champion and NCAA Champion for the first time since 2007
Alabama Highlights: 2016 – Junior: Named team captain for the 2015-16 season … scored at the home meet against Georgia Tech in the 500 freestyle, taking fourth … also competed in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay against Georgia Tech … competed at the long course home meet against Tennessee in the 200-meter freestyle, 400m individual medley, 800m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 400m freestyle relay … finaled at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational in the 1,650 freestyle, taking ninth … scored in the 500 freestyle, taking 12th at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … competed in the 200 medley relay, 100 and 200 freestyle, and 400 and 800 freestyle relays at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … scored at South Carolina in the 1,000 and 500 freestyle, taking fifth in both … scored at the home meet against Auburn in the 1,650 freestyle, taking third … also competed in the 500 freestyle against Auburn … scored at the opening meet at Delta State University in the 1,000 and 500 freestyle, and 400 freestyle relay, taking fourth, second and third, respectively.
2015 – Sophomore: Competed at the SEC Championships in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … earned a place on the President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the spring semester … earned a place on the Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester … carries a 3.884 cumulative GPA into her junior year.
2014 - Freshman: Competed in the 200, 500, and 1,650 freestyle at the SEC Championships, swimming season-best times in all three events … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … earned a place on the SEC All-Freshman Team … earned a place on the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or better) for the fall semester and a place on the President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the spring semester.
Prep Highlights: Swam for Kevin Murphy and Lynne Gorman at Southlake Carroll High School and under Bill Christenson, Ashley Knapp, and Dan Balint for the North Texas Nadadores… 15-time All-American … first team All-State in both the 200 and 500 freestyle in 2011, 2012, and 2013 … member of state championship teams in 2012 and 2013 … member of national dual meet champion team in 2012 … high school team captain … received the Dragon “C” award … nominated for Female Athlete of the Year … three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … finished in the top eight percent of her graduating class … representative for Athletic Director’s Leadership Council … swimming representative for Executive Council … member of National Honor Society and Math Honor Society … AP Scholars with Honors award winner and TISCA Academic All-State … Sectional and Junior National qualifier … won Team Ambassador award.
Personal Information: Full name: Emily Irene Zapinski … daughter Sherri and Paul Zapinski … brothers, Joseph and Jonny … management major … born December 21, 1994.