TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State swimming and diving head coach Neal Studd has announced the promotion of Emma Svensson to assistant coach on Thursday. Svensson previously served the past two seasons as a graduate assistant and will take on assisting with all groups, day-to-day operations and recruiting.
“I am very excited to be part of the Seminole family and help our student-athletes develop in this new role,” Svensson said. “Florida State has fantastic academic standards and an athletic department with all of the resources to help our team succeed at the highest level.”
“I am extremely excited Emma is joining our staff,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “She has an outstanding knowledge of the sport. She understands what is required to be successful at the very top level. As one of my former swimmers and as a graduate assistant for the past two years, she has a unique perspective of what I want and expect from an assistant coach.”
Svensson was a Hall of Fame swimmer at Florida Gulf Coast under Studd from 2011-15. She was a four-time NCAA qualifier, scoring the Eagles’ first points at the national level behind a 12th place showing in the 50 free in 2014. She matched that performance in 2015, while helping the Eagles qualify for their first ever NCAA championship final, finishing eighth in the 200 free relay.
As a three-time Coastal Collegiate Sports Association and FGCU record holder, Svensson was the two-time (2013,2015) CCSA Women’s Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet in addition to the 2013 CCSA Swimmer of the Year. She also helped the Eagles to four-straight CCSA titles.
Academically, she was selected as the NCAA Elite 89 award winner in 2013, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. Svensson was tabbed as the CCSA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015 along with the Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award.
“Her intelligence and personality is sure to have a massive impact on our program,” Studd said. “I could not be prouder and more excited to add such an incredible talent and person to our exceptional staff here at Florida State.”
“It was great to see a turnaround last season with the leadership of Coach Studd,” Svensson said. “Having had him for a coach at FGCU, he has taught me more in life than anyone else. I believe in the program he’s building and I am ready to assist in any way that I can to help us move forward.”
A native of Uppsala, Sweden, Svensson graduated from FGCU in 2015 where she majored in business economics and completed her master’s degree in the spring of 2017 at Florida State in financial mathematics.
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