Emily Brunemann

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Born in Cincinnati, OH in 1986, Emily grew up in Crescent Springs, KY with her parents and older brother, Chris. Both Emily and her brother started swimming early as kids, following in the footsteps of their mother, Mary Lynn, who previously swam for Xavier University. Emily’s high school swimming honors include Larosa’s swimmer of the year 2005, undefeated Kentucky regional champion all four years in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, two-time Northern Kentucky Swimmer of the year, and two-time High School state champion in the 400 freestyle (2004) 500 freestyle (2005).

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After graduating High School, Emily went on to swim at the University of Michigan, where she continued to achieve greatness in the pool. She was NCAA Champion in the mile in 2008, five-time All-American, 2008 Big 10 Female Swimmer of the Year, and broke BIG 10 records in the 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free. Emily also still holds University of Michigan records in those three events.


In 2009, Emily began open water swimming and has since won Open Water Nationals, and was named Open Water Swimmer of the Year. She went on to become a five-time World Cup Champion and the first American to win the World Cup Circuit in 2013.Em Bio 2

A member of the USA National Team since 2007, Emily continues to train with Club Wolverine in Michigan while looking ahead to Rio. In addition to her extensive training in the water, Emily is also working toward her Master’s Degree in social work at the University of Michigan.  Emily and her husband, fellow National Team (And Dolfin Team!) member, Michael Klueh, were both selected to be part of the US World Championships team in Summer 2015.


  • Emily Brunemann Distance Workout 6/8/16 CLICK HERE FOR FULL WORKOUT
  • Emily Brunemann Q&A 1: You have an extremely exciting couple of weeks ahead, beginning with a race in the Cayman Islands, followed by a 10K world cup in Hungary, and finishing with Trials. Any quick tips for younger swimmers on staying calm and recovering between exciting and difficult competitions? I am so excited about my next couple weeks, as ...
  • Brunemann Blog – Be Proactive About Your Health! This summer was full of excitement and thrill, traveling the world and competing on the highest stages in our sport.  Competing for the United States at the Pan American Games team and finishing my race within .5 of a second in a two hour race from first place, traveling to Solvenia for a training camp ...
  • Athlete Spotlight: Emily Brunemann Dolfin proudly welcomes open water national champion Emily Brunemann to our Athlete’s Advisory Board. A graduate of the University of Michigan and hopeful to make the US Olympic Team in 2016, Emily is an extremely accomplished swimmer we are thrilled to have on our team! Born in Cincinnati, OH in 1986, Emily grew up in ...


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