Theobald Already Looking Ahead To Life After Dunlap

Exta Effort: Emma Theobald

DUNLAP, Ill. - When Emma Theobald closes her high school swimming career this month her name will be on all but three Dunlap school records.

"It's exciting," Thobald said. "Especially if I come back after college and some of my records are still up there. It will remind me of my experiences here.

But Theobald is leaving her mark at Dunlap on more than just the swimming record board. She's a National Honor Society member with honors classes.

And next year she'll be at Northwestern studying to be a veterinarian. And to prepare for that she has volunteered for over a year at a local animal shelter.

"At the animal shelter thete's lots of dogs and cats that have different health issues," said Theobald. "I get to learn about that."

She has one more role at Dunlap. She's moved from from the shy, quiet swimmer to the team cheerleader.

She's the one energizing a team poised to make some noise at the state meet.

"I definitely try to push people at practice," said Theobald. "I keep it positive because the practices are a grind. Usually I'm the one saying it's not that bad. You can do it."

Dunlap swims in sectionals Saturday. The state meet is next weekend.

"She gets it, does what she needs to do," said Dunlap swim coach Jim Bucher. "Everyone else tries to keep up with her. She pushes everyone at the same time."

 


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