Emily Hyde, Women's Swimming, Amherst College

Emily Hyde

A Vernon, N.Y. native, Emily Hyde graduated from Amherst in 2016 with a degree in psychology, and received the Gordon B. Perry Memorial Award which recognizes scholarship and citizenship, in 2013.

Athletically, Hyde turned in a tremendous four years in the pool and graduated as one of the Purple & White’s most decorated swimmers in school history, helping her team finish sixth at the NCAA Division III Championships in each of her four seasons. A 23-time All-American, and five-time Honorable Mention All-American, Hyde concluded her illustrious career by winning the national title in the 200-yard breaststroke in NCAA Division III Championship record time, and also secured the national crown in the 200-yard individual medley, having also won the event in 2014. Hyde also turned in powerful performances in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing as the national runner-up in the race both in 2015 and 2016.

In NESCAC competition, Hyde completed her four years as the 2016 NESCAC Swimmer of the Year, as well as the NESCAC Four-Year High Point Swimmer. A four-time NESCAC champion in the 200-yard breaststroke, and a three-time league champion in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, Hyde was a co-captain as a senior, and graduates as the conference record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, and holds the NESCAC championship meet record in the 200-yard IM.

Hyde, who owns five individual Amherst school records, and two relay records, has excelled out of the pool as well. In the Amherst community, Hyde was a four-year member of Amherst Dance, and was a co-choreographer during her senior year. She also played performance piano for four years, and served as a swim instructor for three seasons.

For her efforts, she was nominated by the Amherst Department of Athletics for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.