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Weekly Webb Gem:

By Brett R. Crossley
Butzler Gets it Done in the Pool and On the Field
For Jersey Shore as Two-Sport Standout
 
DJersey Shore’s Emma Butzler placed second in the discus at Districts 4’s Track and Field Championships. She is a standout, two-sport athlete for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Brett R. Crossley)  
   

Jersey Shore’s Emma Butzler seems to do everything with a big smile across her face.
She recently finished second in the discus at the District 4 Track and Field Championships at Williamsport High School and each and every throw ended with her waiting for the length with a smile.
Butzler easily earned this week’s Webb Weekly Gem thanks to her performance at the district 4 meet. Her long toss of 107-10 earned her the second spot in the standings. It also guaranteed her a spot at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg.
“I didn’t really come in with any goals or expectations,” Butzler said. “I just told myself wherever I place is fine.”
Butzler has carried her carefree, but determined, attitude with her throughout her competitions, and it always seems to result in the biggest of accomplishments. 
Butzler holds multiple swimming records at Jersey Shore and throughout the state. As a freshman, she set five pool records for Jersey Shore before winning her district events and qualifying for states. Since her freshman year, Butzler has gone on to qualify for states each and every year since.
Swimming is obviously a top priority, but the discus — especially with the results — isn’t too far behind. At least from a competitive standpoint. 
“It’s just a totally different sport,” Butzler said. “You have to practice for the discus, but it’s more laid back for me. I take swimming a lot more seriously. Discus is the fun thing to do after swimming for me.”
That fun thing to do has placed Butzler near the top of the District standings in the AAA field. It goes to show what type of athlete Butzler has become. 
During the swimming season, she excelled at every meet. She even went on to compete at Nationals with her YMCA swimming program. With little to no rest, she quickly joined the track and field team and went on to have another outstanding regular season before taking the field in districts. “I don’t know how that happened,” Butzler said. “I actually got a PR (personal record) and I’m not sure how I did that.”
Prior to the district meet, Butzler’s long throw was a 102-9 that came at the PHAC Championships a week earlier. She added five more feet at districts.
“It’s been fun, because all I do is throw,” Butzler said of track and field. “During practices, often times I go with the distance throw. That keeps me in shape for swimming and discus is my fun event I do in track.”
Butzler might be a little unsure when it comes to her abilities with the track and field team, but when it comes to the pool there’s little to no doubt about what she can do. 
Swimming will always be the top choice for Butzler, who earned third in the butterfly at states this past year. She posted a time of 57.03. She then went on to Nationals. 
The summer will give her a little break, but with her YMCA program staring in September the Jersey Shore swimmer won’t get that much rest. Her eyes always seem locked on the goals ahead. 
“This upcoming season I’m hoping to drop a second in my 100 fly,” Butzler said. “That’s all I really want. I don’t care how I place or anything it’s the time that matters the most. That’s what colleges look at.”
She’s that kind of driven. Butzler placed second in the discus at districts and third in the fly at states, but always seems to be trying to gain an edge. In both sports the margin for improvement is often measured in the smallest of units. A few feet in the discus and just a second or two in the fly.
Despite the focus required to reach those types of goals, Butzler has remained positive, always sporting that smile regardless of the challenge ahead.

 
 
 
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