Trenton High School senior Emma McClelland made it official on Monday, March 9th, when she signed a binding letter of intent to swim for Bethel University. Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, the Pilots compete in the Crossroads League of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Emma will join Coach Deb Thompson and her teammates this fall when she begins her collegiate career.
Emma was a four-year member of the varsity swim and dive team at Trenton. A captain her senior year, and a three time Co-MVP, she was an integral part of the team that didn’t lose a Downriver League dual meet over the last four years. Along the way, Emma picked up All Downriver League honors each year and qualified to swim at the state meet every season. The team won the DRL regular season and championship meet all four years, and claimed the final News Herald meet held in 2016, as well as the first three years of the newly minted Downriver Classic.
Out of the pool, Emma has been an active member of the Interact Club, the Math Club, the Spanish Club, the National Honor Society, and she will graduate with a GPA above 4.0. Along the way, she earned her Academic letter as well as the Silver and Gold Academic Pins. She also earned varsity letters in track her freshman and sophomore years.
The draw to Bethel University is primarily academic, but the opportunity to swim is a delightful bonus. She will major and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education while simultaneously obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Deaf Studies. Emma’s interest in American Sign Language (ASL) was piqued during a mission trip a few years ago and she has since take two years of online ASL while attending THS. Very few colleges offer degrees associated with ASL, and even fewer of those have a swim program. Bethel University offers that unique combination and is just a short three-hour drive from Trenton.
Congratulations and best of luck to you Emma!