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North Harford senior swimmer Emily Iampieri heading to Eastern Shore

North Harford's Emily Iampieri, front, and Havre de Grace's Sydney James, back, stay close in the lead positions as they push through the late laps of the final heat in the girls 500 yard Freestyle event during a past North Region swim championship meet at Magnolia Middle School. Iamperi went on to win the race.
North Harford's Emily Iampieri, front, and Havre de Grace's Sydney James, back, stay close in the lead positions as they push through the late laps of the final heat in the girls 500 yard Freestyle event during a past North Region swim championship meet at Magnolia Middle School. Iamperi went on to win the race. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

Emily Iampieri, a senior at North Harford High School, has decided to take her academic and swimming talents to Washington College in Chestertown.

Iampieri plans to study Political Science and be a member of the Shorewomen’s swim team.

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“I visited the school and I thought it was really pretty and I went and visited again, just to make sure I liked the campus and I felt like I really fit in there,” Iampieri said. “I talked to the coach [Mark Hill] and he had like the most energy out of the other two coaches that I talked to, so I really liked that.”

There was also a bit of a school connection. “I also spoke with one of the political science professors [Melissa Deckman] for an interview that I did with my school paper because she was a North Harford alum and she was really cool,” Iampieri said. “So, I really liked that.”

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Iampieri’s list of schools was small and fairly local.

“I only looked at two other schools and it was McDaniel and University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.,” she said. Staying in Maryland was not the deciding factor.

“Not really, because the schools that I was looking at were all fairly close to home, so it didn’t really make a difference where I ended up of those three,” she said.

But, a scholarship offer helped seal the deal.

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“That’s why I ended up picking Washington College because one of the factors is that they gave me the most money. So it came down to be the cheapest, so that made the decision really easy,” Iampieri said. “I probably would have picked the school even if they didn’t bring the price down, because I really loved it.”

At North Harford, Iampieri is a three-time, All-Harford First Team selection for girls swimming.

Iampieri won numerous relay titles at Harford County/UCBAC meets and she was individual and relay champion in regional meets as well.

State tournament action was highlighted by a third-place finish in the 400 free relay during Iampieri’s freshman year.

“I really like swimming because I’ve been swimming since I was six, I think,” Iampieri said. “High school swimming was just really fun, because I liked the coaches and I like being close to people on the team. I like going to school with my teammates.”

North Harford's Emily Iampieri, left, and Sydney James congratulate each other on a tough race after the final heat of the Girl's 200 yard Freestyle event at a past region swim meet at Magnolia Middle School in Joppa.
North Harford's Emily Iampieri, left, and Sydney James congratulate each other on a tough race after the final heat of the Girl's 200 yard Freestyle event at a past region swim meet at Magnolia Middle School in Joppa. (MATT BUTTON/THE AEGIS / Baltimore Sun)

Iampieri is a freestyle swimmer, mid-distance freestyle and she figures to mostly focus on the 200 free events at college.

Iampieri says she quit club team swimming when she entered high school. She also plays field hockey and participates on the track and field team.

She thought club swimming might be too much with wanting to be involved with the other sports. She wanted to be more well-rounded.

Iampieri said there have been some drawbacks to virtual schooling and does want to go back. She does, however, understand the situation from a health and safety standpoint.

“I get it and I’ve adjusted to it. I feel like I function pretty well,” she said.

Iampieri still does well. She’s maintaining her lofty GPA. She takes a lot of AP and honors classes and her GPA is over 4.0.

Harford County Public Schools are planning to be back in session one day a week in mid-March for high school students. That may grow to two days per week.

Iampieri says she would rather not go back for two days, but will go if there are spring sports. She wants to see her friends.

Going back or not, however, the winter sports season has passed us all by and Iampieri misses it.

Emily Iampieri, a senior at North Harford, is a three-time, All-Harford First Team selection.
Emily Iampieri, a senior at North Harford, is a three-time, All-Harford First Team selection. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

“I’m still upset about that and it’s kind of gotten to the point where, I’ve accepted it, but the biggest disappointment for me was that last year, a week before regionals, I found out that my time in the 200 free was only three seconds off the record,” she explains. “So I spent the week thinking that I was going to break the record and I ended up choking and added time and did terrible at regionals.”

My coach said to me, ‘Emily, it’s fine, don’t worry about it, just work your butt off all summer and all next year and you’ll come back and do it next year.’

“And there was no next year. So that was really upsetting,” Iampieri said.

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