SwimSwam Podcast: Erica Sullivan on USC Decommittment, Writing a Film

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Erica Sullivan, the distance and open water ace who recently announced her decommittment to USC. Erica explained her decision to recommit, and isn’t ruling USC out, but rather is restarting her recruiting process with a clean slate. Sullivan also admitted that since she was 16, her priorities when it comes to looking for a school have changed significantly.

Sullivan also discussed the film script that she’s currently writing, and how she’s been able to obtain an informal education on screenwriting since the age of 14 via YouTube. She also shares stories of competing in the 25K at the 2019 World Championships, coming out to her family and teammates, and why she is made for quarantine.

Music: Otis McDonald


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6 months ago

Good to see Erica excelling in athletics and finding her gift for writing screenplays. With so many things in front of her in the next year (including possible Olympics spot) it’s reasonable to see her de-commit from swimming in college at USC. That may be temporary or permanent but it’s probably best for her to hit the “pause” button right now. Her future in cinema may follow that of another former USC swimmer Becca Mann who’s handle is something to do with USC School of Cinema, regarded as #1 in that field of study. From a friend who teaches on the USC Cinema faculty, “making movies” has both individual talents but it is more of a collaborative effort to work… Read more »

6 months ago

Wow, I loved this. What a great personality! Great interview! All the best to Erica. Looking forward to following her career.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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