Erica Sullivan Cites Shoulder Injury As Reason For Missing U.S. Trials

Yanyan Li
by Yanyan Li 15

April 22nd, 2022 National, News

University of Texas freshman and Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Erica Sullivan, who will not be swimming at this year’s U.S International Team Trials, has suffered a shoulder injury.

She confirmed the injury in a TikTok live video on Thursday and said that it was the reason why she wouldn’t be competing at trials. She has declined to elaborate on the nature of the injury or her timeline for a return.

Sullivan last swam at the U.S. Open Water National Championship on April 1 in the women’s 10k race. She was leading for the first three laps of the race, but then faded in the second half and ultimately did not finish the race. She won the 10k national title last year, but this year, it went to her former Sandpipers of Nevada teammate Katie Grimes, who trailed in second behind Sullivan for the first part of the race.

In the pool, Sullivan is coming off an NCAA championship meet where she finished third in the 500 free and second in the 1650 free.

Last year at Olympic trials, Sullivan finished behind Katie Ledecky to make the Olympic team in the 1500 free. She repeated that finish in Tokyo to take the silver medal in the event, and ended up outsplitting Ledecky, who won gold, in the back half of the race.

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Disappointed
7 months ago

Aitken handed Dalton and Capitani a silver medalist, and this happens due to a blatant lack of regard for technique

Melanie
7 months ago

She can come to Stanford! Greg will get her to 15:30 range:) He got Ledecky to 15:20.48

Jensen
7 months ago

Regardless of how/when it happened, I really hope Erica fully recovers to continue competing at the appropriate time. My daughter and I love watching these Sandpiper distance girls race.

The unoriginal Tim
7 months ago

It was rough conditions at OW nationals apparently. Preumably she injured or aggrevated it then. Hope she gets better soon not a good injury to have as a swimmer.

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
7 months ago

You sure she didn’t injure it at texas. Don’t get me wrong she had a fantastic season for a freshman and in general, but if she was at her best she should’ve won the mile easily. Maybe I’m reading too much into into it but like she didn’t exactly have a standout season for her standards, so maybe that could’ve been a factor

LaneLine
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
7 months ago

You didn’t see the conditions at open water nationals. I was on that beach for the women’s 10k race, it was absolutely brutal. I could definitely see an injury happening out there given the nature of open water and the conditions. I hope she’s thriving at Texas.

Melanie
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
7 months ago

She went from Sandpiper’s of Nevada which was doing 75K meters of training weeks, month-long training trips, open water strategy work, intense interval training, and brutal dryland/running/weights, to moving to a college level team. Ron’s team is above any distance program in this country (including college teams). How many swimmers have we seen all come from the same program with sub 4:35 500 freestylers? Bella Sims (4:32.1), Katie Grimes (4:32.9), Erica Sullivan (4:34.0). That’s just the beginning. Ron has 4 swimmers under 16:40 in the 1500! Kuwata (16:27), Sims (16:21), Grimes (15:52), and Sullivan being the second fastest US performer in US history! (15:42). The same goes for sc in the 1650! Multiple women under 15:55 in the SC mile.… Read more »

Joel
Reply to  Melanie
7 months ago

Interesting. How can they have month long training trips with school?
And when Australian coaches train their swimmers hard, everyone rips into them.

Troyy
Reply to  Joel
7 months ago

Apparently they have pretty extreme dietary rules for swimmers too. An Australian club would be called abusive for this.

Joel
Reply to  Troyy
7 months ago

Yeah….. Sandpipers is in ‘Murica so it’s all good apparently.

Swimmer178
Reply to  Joel
7 months ago

Hey, how are the reforms coming along on the 46 things found wrong with AUS swimming by your female Independent Commission?

chanandler bong
Reply to  Joel
7 months ago

Loads of home schoolers at Sandpipers, so they can do these training trips for weeks on end. Freaky, absolutely fringe “nutrition” stuff too. It’s….. different? Certainly not a mainstream program and certainly some would absolutely call it abusive, but hey, it gets results so it can’t be that bad, right? Right???

NM Coach
Reply to  Joel
7 months ago

In an interview Ron spoke about how he encouraged the swimmers to be either homeschooled or in an online education setting because they both allow flexibility for training.

Xman
Reply to  NM Coach
7 months ago

Is this just the group that might make the US National Team or in general?

Online school, month long trips. These kids must be sponsored by Visa and Mastercard.

Swimmerfromjapananduk
7 months ago

Very unfortunate. Wishing for a speedy recovery

About Yanyan Li

Yanyan Li

Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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