Arguably, the best female swimmer ever to swim for Indianola High School, Emily Sickels was a four year letter winner for the Indians. During her career, Emily claimed nine conference championships and swam in sixteen events at the State Swim meet, placing in the top five seven times. She was named the Most Valuable Swimmer four times and holds fifteen school records. Emily began her high school swim career by claiming two CIML Conference championships her freshmen year in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke. She advanced to the State Meet in four events taking fifth place finishes in the 100 Yard Backstroke and 200 Yard Freestyle and was a member of the 200 Yard Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays. Her sophomore campaign included the first of three 500 Yard Freestyle CIML Conference championships and again competing in four events at the State Swim meet. Emily also led the 200 Medley Relay to a 12th place finish and the 200 Yard Freestyle to a 13th place finish. As a junior in 1994, she was a double winner in the CIML Conference meet in the 100 Yard Backstroke and the 500 Yard Freestyle. Again, she competed in four events at the State Swim Meet and won a silver in the 500 Yard Freestyle, the bronze in the 100 Backstroke and helped the Indians to a 4th place and 6th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay respectfully. Three CIML Conference championships in the 200 Yard Freestyle, 500 Yard Freestyle and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay highlighted Emily’s senior campaign. Once again, she was a four event qualifier for the State championships and earned a silver medal in the 500 Yard Freestyle and a bronze in the 200 Yard Freestyle. She led her 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays to ninth place finishes. Continuing her education at Illinois State University, she was a four year letter winner for the Redbirds and was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference championship team in 1996 and was the Missouri Valley gold medal winner in the 400 Individual Medley in 1998. In addition, she qualified for the Junior Nationals in 1996 as a member of the 800 Freestyle Relay. A 2000 graduate of Illinois State University in Criminal Justice, Emily is currently a resident of Branson, Missouri.

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