In addition to being the last meet of the regular season, the competition will also be Alabama's Power of Pink meet to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer and the Tide will honor it seniors with a pre-meet ceremony
Alabama Highlights: 2016 – Senior: Finaled at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational taking top honors in the 400 medley relay , 800 freestyle relay and 200 backstroke while also finaling in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay, taking second in both, and 200 individual medley and 200 and 100 freestyle, taking third in all three … her personal best time of 1:53.88 in the 200 backstroke at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational breaks her own school record in the 200 backstroke, ranks 6th in the NCAA and makes Saunders the first UA woman to swim under 1:54 in the event … became the first Tide woman under 49 seconds and broke Ida Persson’s 2009 school record of 49.26 by more than three-tenths of a second with her 48.89 split in the Tide’s second-place 400 freestyle relay at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational … finaled at South Carolina in the 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay, taking top honors in all three … also scored as part of the 400 medley relay at South Carolina, taking third … finaled at the home meet against Auburn in the 200 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay, taking top honors in both … also scored in the 200 backstroke against Auburn, taking third … finaled at the opening meet at Delta State University in the 400 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay, taking first-place finishes in all of her events. 2015 - Junior: Competed at the NCAA Championships in the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay … finaled in the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay at the SEC Championships, taking eighth in all three events … scored in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the SEC Championships, taking ninth in both events … also scored in the 400 medley relay, taking tenth place at the SEC Championships … bettered her own school record in the 200 free at the SEC Championships with a 1:45.90 … broke the school record in the 100 backstroke with a 53.32 at the SEC Championships … bettered her own school record in the 200 backstroke at the Bulldog Invite with a 1:54.05 … part of the Tide’s school-record setting 800 freestyle relay at the SEC Championship … became the first UA woman under 1:55 in the 200 backstroke when she posted a 1:54.27 at the H2Okie Invite in November … earned 10 individual wins during the regular season … swam on eight winning relays during the regular season .... posted a career-best 49.15 in the 100 freestyle at the Bulldog Invitational, which is the fastest time in school history, but is not eligible for record consideration because it came in a single swimmer time trial … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … First Team CSCAA Scholar All-American … earned a place on the Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall and spring semesters … carries a 3.822 cumulative GPA into her senior year.
2014 - Sophomore: Swam the freestyle leg for the 400 medley relay team which broke a school record in the prelims of the NCAA Championships with a 3:34.08 … scored in the 200 freestyle at the SEC Championships taking 14th place … broke the school record in the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:55.64 at the SEC Championships, becoming the first UA woman under 1:56 … also competed in the 100 backstroke at the SEC Championships … picked up seven individual victories during the regular season … named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … CSCAA Scholar All-American … earned a place on the Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for both the fall and spring semesters.
2013 – Freshman: Broke the school record in the 200 freestyle in the leadoff leg of the 800 freestyle relay at the SEC Championships with a time of 1:46.46, shattering the mark of 1:47.21 set by Anna Poleska in 2001 … finished 12th in the 200 freestyle at the SEC Championships … finished 19th in the 100 freestyle at the SEC Championships with a career-best 49.31, placing her second on Alabama's all-time list … placed 19th in the 100 backstroke at the SEC Championships with a time 54.09, making her second all-time at Alabama … won both the 100 and 200 freestyle against Missouri … earned Honorable Mention Scholar All-America recognition.
Prep Highlights: A member of the British National Team ... coached by Mark Rose at City of Manchester Aquatics ... earned a silver medal in the 50m backstroke and a bronze in the 100m backstroke at the 2011 World Junior Championships ... won gold in the 50m backstroke, setting the British and European Junior Record, and took fourth in the 100m freestyle at the 2010 European Junior Championships ... member of Great Britain's 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, and 400m medley relays, all of which won silver medals at the 2010 European Junior Championships.
Personal Information: Full name: Emma Kathleen Saunders ... daughter of Rosemary and John Saunders … brother, Alex … geography major with a concentration in geographic info technologies.
Top Times: 100 freestyle 49.15 200 freestyle 1:45.90 SR 100 backstroke 53.32 SR 200 backstroke 1:54.05 SR