Young Swimmer Takes Off

Coach Steve Savage with his talented swimmer Emily Fung
Coach Steve Savage with his talented swimmer Emily Fung

Stimson’s Emily Fung recently earned the right to attend the state-qualifying meet for swimming, held at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood sports complex. Emily swam in the 100-yard backstroke competition and posted a 1:09.78 time. She is currently ranked 31st in Suffolk County. “What makes this feat unusual is that Emily is only in the seventh grade, and she is competing against much stronger high school students,” said her independent coach Steve Savage. “A seventh grader doesn't often make it to the state qualifier meet. And Emily has only been swimming competitively for a year. It’s very impressive. Emily has shown a lot of promise, and we’re looking for great things from her in the future.”

Emily takes it all in stride. “I really like it at Stimson," she said. "I like my friends and my teachers. I also have some really great friends on my swimming team, 'Team Suffolk,' and even though they are older, they make me feel special.”

Emily says that swimming helps her leave the pressures of seventh grade behind her. “Swimming relaxes me. I really enjoy it,” she said.