Emily Blatt commits to swim at Bentley

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Emily Blatt commits to swim at Bentley

Emily Blatt swimming freestyle at a meet.

Emily Blatt swimming freestyle at a meet.

Pat Pawlak

Emily Blatt swimming freestyle at a meet.

Pat Pawlak

Pat Pawlak

Emily Blatt swimming freestyle at a meet.

Molly Smith, Staff Writer

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Emily Blatt has spent hundreds of hours in the pool over the past decade constantly working to improve, and all her hard work paid off when she recently signed her letter of commitment to swim at Bentley. Blatt is heading into her fourth season as a member of the WA swim team. She will be leading the team this year as one of four captains.

Blatt has been a dedicated swimmer for years now and besides swimming for WA’s swim and dive team, she also swims for the United Swim Club.

WA’s girls swim team has been very successful in the last few years, winning the State Championships every year since 2016.  Blatt has an impressive record for herself as well, placing in the state finals for the last three years.

She is very excited to have the opportunity to lead her team to a great season again this year.

“I have dreamed of being a part of WA’s high school team for so long, so being captain is surreal,” Blatt said.

Her coaches and teammates are confident she was the right choice for the position. Swimmers look up to her because she expresses openness and kindness to all new and old swimmers on the team. She wants to see all her team members succeed.

“Emily’s talent in the pool has always been admirable by our whole team. She is a key motivator to all the swimmers,” c0-captain captain Ella Krikorian said.

Blatt has also inspired many young swimmers including her sister, freshman Erin Blatt.

“Emily has always been one of the fastest girls on her team. Seeing her make it to big meets inspires me to swim as fast as I can, so we can be at the meets together. I am so proud of what Emily has accomplished and I can’t wait to see her swim in college.” Erin Blatt said.

Blatt has made it clear to everyone who knows her, how committed and dedicated she is to her sport and her team. She has learned many things from swimming that she values. She believes that these traits are ones she will continue using in her future.

“The sport of swimming has taught me commitment and that you have to follow through with what you are doing. If you’re committed to a team you have to try as hard as you can no matter what,” Blatt said.

When searching for schools Blatt knew she wanted to stay in New England. She has an extremely supportive extended family so she believes staying in here will allow them come support her at meets.

Along with staying in New England, Blatt also wanted to go to a small school with a great business program. Bentley seemed to hit all the bullets on her list making it the perfect fit. The business school was not the only aspect of Bentley that stood out to her. The swim team was also something that caught her eye.

“I love the swim coach at Bentley. She was super nice and welcoming when I was first looking. Along with the rest of the swimmers. I knew some people on the team before I started looking at schools, so knowing them helped me to get to know Bentley as a whole,” Blatt said.

Blatt is very excited to continue on with a sport she has loved for over a decade, but she will miss the WA team greatly.

“Emily will continue to do great things in her time at Bentley! We are all very lucky to have Emily as a teammate,” Krikorian said.