Erica Sullivan Swims 4:35.88 500 Free for #1 in NCAA this Season


  • January 27 to 28, 2023
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, Texas
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Live Results

Texas sophomore Erica Sullivan swam a 4:35.88 in the 500 free tonight suited up on day one of the two-day dual meet between Texas and NC State.

Sullivan led from start to finish, out in a 1:48.58 at the 200 mark, flipping in a 2:16.54 at the 250 mark, and coming home in a 2:19.34 on the second 250. She won the event by over six seconds.

Sullivan now takes over the #1 time in the NCAA so far this season by two and a half seconds. That mark was previously held by Virginia’s Alex Walsh who swam a 4:38.34 at midseason. Sullivan previously sat at second behind Walsh as she swam a 4:39.26 during midseason.

Top Times in the NCAA so far this season 2022-2023

Sullivan has a personal best time of 4:34.07 in the event which comes from April 2021. Notably, she was faster today than she was at last year’s NCAA Championships when she swam a 4:35.92 for third.

Her time today still would have finished third at the NCAA Championships as Lia Thomas swam a 4:33.24 for first and Emma Weyant was second in a 4:34.99. Although Sullivan’s time is the top time in the NCAA so far this season, it would not make the top 25 performers in the event all-time (where Sullivan’s best time of 4:34.07 puts her at 22nd).

Sullivan’s time of 15:58.97 in the 1650 free from midseason currently sits at #3 in the NCAA. She was second in that event at last year’s NCAAs in a 15:45.94.

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Grand Moff Tarkin
2 months ago

Happy to see Erica getting it back after her shoulder injury/surgery! She’s hardcore!

Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

She knows she has to win this stuff before the Sandpipers enroll

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

Wasn’t her HS/Sandpiper time faster too than collegiate times?

Suzy Q
2 months ago

yeah that’s mother

Reply to  Suzy Q
2 months ago

Sung in the voice of Glenn Danzig

2 months ago

I kinda thought she was done after leaving sandpipers. That’s a great swim for a dual meet

Joel Lin
2 months ago

Time to recalibrate those NCAA women’s 500 free predictions.

2 months ago

The livestream sucked. Sound cut out 80% of the time or was out of synch. And the announcers really didn’t know anything about the NCST swimmers outside of the obvious ones.

Sherry Smit
2 months ago

Is Texas rested?

Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

No but they probably won’t swim much faster at NCAAs. It’s possible to swim very fast in season especially when wearing suits and not be rested. Then shave and fully taper and barely drop any time if any.

Sherry Smit
2 months ago

Holly cow, I did not expect Texas to swim this fast. I don’t even know where to begin, Sullivan is back in form and is one to watch out for.

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