Coach Marty Walsh recruited Emily to The Rock after seeing her practicing gymnastics at the YMCA in Fresno. In addition to her gymnastics training, she works nights and weekends at The Pizza Shack to help support her family financially.
Emily falls in love with her coworker at The Pizza Shack, Damon Young, an aspiring songwriter. She becomes a member of the National Team and later is chosen for the World's Team, but her career is jeopardized when she is arrested for stealing her brother, Brian's, medication.
She later had sex with her boyfriend, Damon and following a few weeks later, she broke up with him, only to find out at the Hungarian meet that she is pregnant with Damon's child. (Chelsea Hobbs was pregnant in real life with her second child a baby boy, so they wrote it into the show)
Emily later quits gymnastics as she decides to keep the baby and go to Las Vegas to live with her godmother. Damon goes to find her and take care of her and the baby, causing them to get back together.