Tanasse Signs with Boise State
Emily Tanasse
Kent, Wash.
Kentlake High School
King Aquatic Club
Backstroke/Butterfly/Freestyle

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State swimming and diving Head Coach Kristin Hill announced, Wednesday, Emily Tanasse of Kent, Wash., signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Broncos. Tanasse, currently a senior at Kentlake High School, specializes in backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events.

"Emily really had a breakthrough this last summer in her 200 back which was exciting to see, but really her strengths in fly, back and free will all help us," Hill said. "Emily is a great student who is most interested in studying engineering, and it was great to show her the strengths of our program here and watch her excitement grow as she saw that she could really excel as a student and an athlete at Boise State."

Tanasse is coached by Tommy Hannan at King Aquatic Club, where she has qualified for junior nationals and has been a finalist at senior sectionals. King Aquatic teammate Felicity Cann also signed with Boise State.

"I have been recruiting from King Aquatics in the Seattle area for the last few years, and finally we have not one, but two of King's swimmers coming to swim with us," Hill said. "Emily and Felicity both swim for Tommy Hannan at King, and I'm excited to get them both to Boise and watch them continue to develop as we take over where Tommy left off."

Tanasse is a two-time team captain at Kentlake, helping the Falcons tie for third at the 2011 WIAA 4A State Championships after a seventh-place finish in 2010. At the 2012 meet last weekend Kentlake took seventh, highlighted by the 200-yard medley relay team, led off by Tanasse, finishing second.

Individually, she advanced to the championship final at the state meet in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke each of her four seasons. Tanasse's best finish came as a sophomore in the 100 butterfly, taking third place in 56.69 for All-America consideration. She also posted fourth-place finishes in the 100 butterfly as a senior and the 100 backstroke as a junior and senior.

A dedicated student, Tanasse is a member of the National Honor Society and a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. She also spent time in Guatemala in August on a mission trip.

"It just felt right committing to Boise State," Tanasse said. "The coaches were great throughout the whole recruiting process and when I took my trip I felt so welcomed by the team. I can see myself being successful in and out of the pool at Boise State and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a Bronco."

Top times (short-course yards / long-course meters):
100 Back: 57.07 / 1:05.98
200 Back: 2:03.30 / 2:18.91
100 Fly: 56.69 / 1:04.74
100 Free: 52.83 / 59.69
200 Free: 1:54.65 /


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