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The Earley Report

Saloni Jain '19
Erin Earley ’17  is a member of the National Junior team for USA swimming. It is all about balance when it comes to Earley’s competitive swimming here on The Hill. 
Earley started swimming at age two but, by age four, she was on an actual swim team. For her, swimming is a big part of her life both inside and outside of school. She trains every day of the week, with three weight training sessions among them for an hour and a half each. This hard work pays off as, Earley has been traveling worldwide and within the country for many national swim meets.
Earley is ranked as the top national athlete for CSI (Connecticut Swimming, Inc.). By age fifteen, Earley was one of the two athletes ranked as number one by USA Swimming for 200 yards backstroke. Her latest meet was the 2015 AT&T Winter National Championships at Federal Way, Washington. There, Earley was ranked as the 18 and under National Champion for 200 yards backstroke. Earley’s first time traveling outside of the United States was in the FINA World Cup in Tokyo and Singapore for the two last stops of the World Cup. 
On November 1 and 2, Erin Earley represented USA at the World Cup Championships in Doha and Qatar, and in Dubai on November 6 and 7. In Doha, she ranked number four for women’s backstroke for 200 yards with a time of 2:12:21. She has not at swum at a national level meet since December, but will be attending the National Club Championship meet in March, and a brief training camp at the Olympic Training Center the end of March. 

  “In April, Earley [will be] back to preparing for the Trials with a meet in Arizona and then a decision will be made about going to one more meet or just tune up for the Trials,” said Hopkins Coach Chuck Elrick, who has been chosen to be one of the coaches for the National Select Camp at the Olympic Training center from October 29 to November 1. Elrick continued, “Erin has a happy-go-lucky attitude that is contagious and a work ethic that inspires others to do better.” 

Regarding the Olympic trials, Earley claimed, “It’s just a camp. So I’m not that nervous.” As a swimmer for Hopkins, Earley has established new pool records at Canterbury, Westminster, Kent, and Hamden Hall. She has achieved all-American status in the 100 back, 200 free and the 500 free, and is looking for the same honor in the 200 IM reord at New Englands.

She also participated in the 200 yard free relay and the 400 meter free relay teams which consisted of her, Mollie Seidner ’16, Rica Generoso ’16, and Gwyneth Maloy ’17. This team of girls broke the school record and were under consideration for All American Recognition. Earley claimed that she enjoys being on the Hopkins School Competitive Swim Team because “the people are encouraging and I like their company.” 

Teammates and friends on the Hopkins Swim Team feel the same way about Earley. Two of her teammates made sure to mention her humble and down to earth personality. Zubin Kenkare ’19 said, “She’s very energetic, very positive.” Ian Magill ’17, another teammate added, “I thought she’d be more intimidating...but then I really met her.” Despite her frequent traveling, the Hopkins Swim Team remains an important part of Earley’s swim career and everyday life. 

Earley has received an invitation to the upcoming Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 26-July 3 and hopes to represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Her experience in national competitions may enable her to be  in the ultimate races of her career. She has the potential to be a dominant force in the pool for whatever team she races on.
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