Emma Schaefer has already experienced marked success in the pool, and she's only a junior on the St. Johns swim team.

And yet her teammates will tell you that she's an even better person than she is a swimmer.

They point to instances like one at a recent meet: One of Schaefer's teammates began having a panic attack in the pool. Schaefer wasted no time in jumping right in to help her fellow Redwing swimmer, helping to calm her down.

Shaefer is also a good student with designs on an education and collegiate swimming career at the Division 2 or 3 level.

For all of her accomplishments both in and out of the water, Schaefer is our WVFN Lansing-Area High School Athlete of the Week, presented by Falsetta’s Casa Nova.

Emma Schaefer

Class: Junior

Swimming Achievements: Schaefer took second place in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter backstroke at the CAAC Blue Division meet in 2014, helping St. Johns win its league. She also placed in the top 30 in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter individual medley at the Division 2 state competition last year.

College Plans: Swimming at Calvin College, Hillsdale College or Hope College

Short-term Goals: Qualify for state competition in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke, place in the top 16 at state finals and set new personal bests

You can nominate a student athlete for recognition as the WVFN Lansing-Area High School Athlete of the Week. Click here to submit your nomination.