Hardcore Swimmer of the Month is a recurring SwimSwam feature shedding light on a U.S.-based swimmer or water polo player who has proven themselves truly hardcore over the past month. As with any item of recognition, Hardcore Swimmer of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one athlete whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a swimmer who was visibly outperforming other swimmers over the month, or one whose accomplishements slipped through the cracks among other high-profile swims. If your favorite athlete wasn’t selected, feel free to respectfully recognize them in our comment section.
Erica Sullivan has celebrated the month of her 17th birthday by racing nearly 9,000 meters.
The distance swimmer has had a busy August, tripling up on the U.S. Open, U.S. Junior Nationals and the World Junior Championships for a grand total of 12 pool swims and 8,700 meters of high-level domestic and international racing. And several of those races yielded lifetime-best intermediate splits in important races.
Here’s a look at all her swims over the month of August, plus her a few key intermediate split performances:
|U.S. Open||400 free||Heats||4:11.51||1st|
|U.S. Open||400 free||Finals||4:09.43||1st|
|U.S. Open||1500 free||Timed Finals||16:05.83||1st|
|Junior Nationals||800 free||Timed Finals||8:33.49||1st|
|Junior Nationals||400 IM||Heats||4:48.97||2nd|
|Junior Nationals||400 IM||Finals||4:51.88||6th|
|Junior Nationals||400 free||Heats||4:17.38||7th|
|Junior Nationals||400 free||Finals||4:12.92||2nd|
|Junior Nationals||200 free||Heats||2:04.49||38th|
|Junior Nationals||1500 free||Timed Finals||16:21.74||1st|
|World Juniors||800 free||Timed Finals||8:39.20||8th|
|World Juniors||1500 free||Timed Finals||16:20.12||4th|
|U.S. Open||1500 free||800 free||8:34.30**|
|U.S. Open||400 free||200 free||2:03.70|
|Junior Nationals||400 IM||100 fly||1:04.12**|
|World Juniors||800 free||200 free||2:03.43|
|World Juniors||1500 free||800 free||8:37.81|
**Indicates a split that was a lifetime-best time for that event at the time of the swim.
Sullivan was 2.3 seconds away from becoming the only swimmer this year to medal at U.S. Open, U.S. Juniors and World Juniors – she was 4th at World Juniors in the mile, just a few seconds out of bronze. Sullivan also won two golds at U.S. Open and two golds and a silver at U.S. Juniors.
While her performances have dropped off over the course of the month (and while the strategy of packing in so much racing before a major event like World Juniors can be questioned), there’s no question that Sullivan’s August has been the definition of Hardcore.
We manufacture all of our products in our Los Angeles factory and are very proud to maintain “MADE IN THE USA” roots. Quality has been at the forefront of our minds since day one. Materials and craftsmanship that can hold up under the grueling conditions athletes put their uniforms through has always been the top priority.
HARDCORE SPORT TWITTER
HARDCORE SPORT INSTAGRAM
HARDCORE SPORT FACEBOOK