Emily Wylam, a Grafton High graduate, recently was named the head men's and women's swimming and diving coach at the University of Rochester (N.Y.).
She was hired after spending four seasons as an assistant at Case Western Reserve, a top-notch academic university in Cleveland, Ohio, that she helped turn into a strong swimming school. Rochester, like Case, is in the NCAA Division III's University Athletic Association — and they have been opponents in a season-opening meet in three of the last four years.
Case head coach Doug Milliken said in a release, "She has played a vital role in our program over the last four seasons, and this is a great professional opportunity for her. Emily's advancement speaks well of our program and the contributions she has made to it."
Wylam was twice a member of the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. She helped develop three NCAA All-Americans and many school record-holders, and she served on Case's strength and conditioning staff. Now she has joined a Rochester program that, between men and women, has won 10 combined Liberty League titles in the last eight seasons.
Earlier, Wylam spent two seasons as a graduate assistant for the men's and women's teams at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
After her graduation from Grafton, Wylam excelled for Ohio University, serving as a team co-captain in her final two years and making the All-Mid-American Conference first team three times. The Bobcats won the MAC championship in her senior season, and she was an Academic All-American in 2008.
While representing Grafton, Wylam was a Daily Press All-Star and set a state Group AA record in the 100-yard backstroke (59.08 seconds in 2004). She also swam a leg of the Clippers' state-meet record-setting 200 freestyle relay (1:42.45 in 2003).
To nominate someone for Star Track, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with a head shot if possible. For archived Star Track features, go to tinyurl.com/dpstartrack.