Academic All Star - Emily Kisloski

By wbng sports

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 20, 2010 at 11:20 PM EST

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
After her junior season Emily Kisloski visited a doctor about a nagging pain in her knee.

Turns out it wasn't tendonitis, but rather an extra bone that had worn down her knee.

And there was more bad news.

Emily remembers, " He told me that if I went through with the operation I probably wouldn't swim again and I definitely wouldn't swim in the future, and I would not be as fast as I ever have been."

Her coach Jason Westervelt, says, " That did not sit well with her or her parents. We came in and we worked it out, did some physical therapy and a lot of swim training and she felt better than she ever had when she got in the water."

Westervelt calls her the hardest worker he's ever coached, so it was no surprise that Kisloski got back in the pool to try and come back.
What was a surprise was how well she did come back.

" I've done better than I ever had in my life. I've never made states and I made states in 4 events and I beat all my personal best records and proved them wrong."

It was the best season in Owego swim history. She's the first Indian to break 4 school records in a single year.
But her time away from the pool also helped out.
After surgery she spent 6 weeks on crutches.

" It was good. I had a lot more time to do school work because I couldn't be in the pool. "

She still has that "A" average, and after being told she'd never swim again, she's deciding which division 1 school is the best fit for her collegiate swim career.
She'd like to be a teacher some day, and from all this Emily Kisloski has learned to never give up.
It's why she's this week's academic all star.

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