College swimming is in Emma Feehery’s DNA. Her mother, father, aunt, uncle, and cousin all swam in college, making her future undeniable. Primarily a distance freestyler, Feehery is an excellent addition to the UNC team. Feehery just finished her freshman year at UNC but faced struggles immediately as she got to campus. She had severe shoulder pain and needed to get capsular plication shoulder surgery in October of her freshman year, which requires a 6-9 month recovery. Because swimming is a fall and winter sport, her season was ruined. Feehery describes the difficulties in her experience and the resources that UNC provided to her.
Emma Feehery swam four years at Barron Collier High School and was the 2016 Florida state champion in the 500 free. Freehery helped lead her team to the 2018 FHSAA district and regional team titles. She was also a Member of the National Honor Society.