Emily Melina
Emily Melina

Player Profile

Moscow, ID

High School:
Moscow HS




2000-2001— At the Pac-10 Championships, finished 14th in the 1650 Free in a lifetime best 17:03.35 …?Also competed in the 200 and 500 Free and 100 fly at Pac-10s …?Swam a season best in the 200 Free at Pac-10s …?Finished first in the 1000 Free against Washington State and UCSD …?Made the Athletic Director’s honor roll.
1999-2000 — Placed 19th in the 100 Fly at Pac-10s …?Also competed in the 200 and 500 Free, and 200 Fly … Captured second place in the 100 and 200 Fly against UC San Diego/San Diego …?Finished second in the 200 Free against Washington State … Placed sixth in the 100 and 200 Fly at the Speedo Cup …?Earned Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic Honors.
1998-99 — Injury-plagued freshman year ended in January …?Recorded five top-five finishes … Placed fourth in the 200 Fly and 500 Free against San Diego … Finished third in the 500 Free against Rice … Competed against UC San Diego, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona and at the Husky Invitational … Voted Most Inspirational by her teammates...On the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
High School — Earned two letters in 1997 and ’98 under head coach Jeff Rigg … 1998 Junior Finalist in the 100 Fly … Went undefeated in her two years of high school swimming … Won the 1998 Idaho High School State Championship in the 100 Fly and 200 Free … In 1997, she claimed the 100 Fly and 200 IM title and the Idaho High School State Championships … Holds the Idaho High School record in the 200 Free and 200 IM … Named MVP of her team in 1997 and 1998.
Personal — Born February 2, 1980, in Taegu, South Korea … Full name is Emily Ruskai Melina … Daughter of Carl and Lois Melina … Chose to come to UCLA because of its good balance between academics and athletics … Enjoys playing the guitar … Majoring in American Literature and Culture.