Emma Bachelder signs letter of intent to swim at South Dakota State

Posted: Mon, Nov 18, 2019 5:24 PM
Emma with her parents, Allie and Kelly Bachelder

Decorah High School swimmer Emma Bachelder is headed to South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

The Decorah HS senior signed her national letter for intent on Monday afternoon in a ceremony at the high school.  She tells decorahsports.com she picked SDSU because from the start it just felt like home.  "It's incredible--I know they will push me to become a better swimmer," she said.

Bachelder is a very good swimmer already!  She has been a four-time state meet qualifier in multiple events, including the 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke and 200 Freestyle, as well as being part of the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay teams.  She finished 9th in the 100 Breaststroke and 6th in the 200 Freestyle at this year's State Meet and 9th in the 100 Breaststroke 9th in the 50 Freestyle in the 2018 State Meet.  She was also a key member of the 2017 and 2019 North Central Swim Conference Championship teams for Decorah and was named Conference Athlete of the Year for the 2019 Meet.

Emma is the daughter of Kelly and Allie Bachelder.  She also participates in track and field, D-Club and National Honor society.

Emma with her family