The Colony’s Emma Garfield Fares Well at State

The Colony’s Emma Garfield Fares Well at State

by Steve Gamel

The Colony High School is chock full of amazingly talented athletes in every sport. And swimmer Emma Garfield is clearly making a strong case to be at the top of that list.

The senior and swimming phenom held off a Lakeside Aquatic Club teammate to win a gold medal in the breaststroke at the Class 5A swimming championship on Feb. 17 at the Jamail Texas Swim Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Garfield finished with a time of 1:01.74 and set a new Class 5A record in the process.

Garfield’s time barely edged the second-place time of 1:02.71 set by Frisco High School sophomore Jadyn Jannasch.

“[The record] was on my mind before I swam, and it’s really fun to get that,” Garfield said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News.

The gold medal highlighted an impressive weekend for Garfield, who also won a silver medal in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:02.95. It also caps a stellar high school career. Garfield, an Arkansas signee, also finished first in the breaststroke and second in the 200 medley as a junior. As a freshman, she finished second at state.

She didn’t compete at state as a sophomore, but that was only because she chose to try and qualify for the Olympic team.

According to a Star Local Media article last year, Garfield set school records in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke
as a junior.

She was one of 19 athletes from The Colony to sign a national letter of intent on Feb. 1. She was the only swimmer to sign from the school, but the Cougar athletic program had six sports represented during the annual ceremony, including football, swimming, baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer.

Garfield was one of 10 swimming signees for Arkansas and the only one from Texas.

According to, Garfield’s times are already good enough to possibly land her several SEC Championships when her college career begins. Last year, for example, it took 1:02.68 to score the C final in the 100 breaststroke and a 2:14.28 in the 200 breaststroke.

Mary Soderberg, the Razorbacks’ top 200 breaststroker, graduated last year, per, adding an even bigger need for Garfield to hit the pool fast
in 2018.

Arkansas swimming and diving head coach Neil Harper said on the Arkansas website of his 2018 signing class, “I am extremely happy with our recruiting class. Last year, we signed the best diving class in the country. This year, we have signed swimmers that will contend at the SEC and NCAA Championships. This year’s team created great chemistry and a culture that our recruits fell in love with. It is an exciting time to be a Razorback, as we continue to work on becoming the most improved team in the country.”

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