On Thursday, May 23, 2019, Pennridge seniors Emily Eckelmeyer and Reese Trauger were recognized for committing to continue their water polo/swimming careers at the collegiate level. Check back for photos of the event.
Emily Eckelmeyer – Saint Francis College (Water Polo)
Reasons for choosing Saint Francis: “I liked the location because I love the city, and I loved the small school atmosphere because it reminded me of home.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in water polo at the collegiate level? “I decided I wanted to play in college after my junior year because I realized four years wasn’t enough.”
Coach Jacob Grant says: “Emily Eckelmeyer - along with Reese Trauger - was a main piece of our offense that we built around. Emily and Reese had amazing team chemistry in the water. They were pretty much impossible to stop. If Reese got shut down, then Emily took over and vice versa. Emily is heading to Saint Francis College in Brooklyn to play water polo. She was the second leading scorer on our team this year. She was first team all-league, first team all-conference and third team all-state as a senior. As a junior, she was first team all-conference, first team all-league and honorable mention all-state. I wish Emily the best of luck.”
Favorite food: Mac & Cheese
Favorite movie: Step Brothers
Favorite music: Anything
Reese Trauger – Grove City College (Water Polo/Swimming)
Reasons for choosing Grove City: “It has a really good program for prospective med school students and a tight-knit community.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in water polo and swimming at the collegiate level? “I played both sports all four years of high school. I knew that I could not give up playing and that I would love to continue on if I had the opportunity.”
Coach Jacob Grant says: “Reese Trauger is heading to Grove City College to play water polo and to swim. She was one of the best players on our team that has come through this program. She was a varsity starter all four years, and she was one of the two main pieces of our offense throughout her entire career. For her four years, the offense was pretty much built around Reese and Emily Eckelmeyer.
“Reese was first team all-conference, first team all-league and her freshman year she was third team all-state, which is an amazing accomplishment. She is a great athlete, and she wants to be pushed every day in practice. She was the leading goal scorer for our water polo team. I wish her the best of luck next year in college.”
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite movie: Pitch Perfect
Favorite music: Pop/Country