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Erica Sullivan
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born August 9, 2000 (2000-08-09) (age 21)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes freestyle
Club Sandpipers of Nevada

Erica Sullivan (born August 9, 2000) is an American swimmer. She placed second in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 2020 US Olympic Swimming Trials, qualifying her for the 2020 Olympic Games, where she took home the silver medal.

Career

2018 Pan Pacific Championships

In August 2018, she represented the United States at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She placed 5th in the timed-finals of the 800-meter freestyle swimming a time of 8:26.27, 9th in the timed-finals of the 1500-meter freestyle with a time of 16:16.07, and 14th in the heats of the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:14.68.

2020 Summer Olympics

See also: Swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Sullivan qualified to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the 1500-meter freestyle for the USA Olympic swimming team. She won silver in the 1500m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics in a time of 15:41.41 behind Katie Ledecky (15:37.34) on July 28, 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. Germany's Sarah Kohler took bronze with 15:42.91. It was the first time that women competed in the 1,500 meters in the Olympics.

Personal

Sullivan's father, John, a former swimmer for the University of Wisconsin, died of esophegeal cancer when she was 16. In the aftermath, she dealt with mental health issues. “I’m proud of the mental health barriers that I got through, with my dad dying in 2017 and really hitting a rock bottom in 2018 from the stress of losing a parent at age 16 and having to get over the anxiety, the panic attacks, the depression, the PTSD, all that,” she said during the Olympic Trials in Omaha.

Sullivan has a YouTube channel she started on August 4, 2014, and where she has published swimming related content. Her first video, publicly published on December 14, 2014, was a vlog covering her team, the Sandpipers of Nevada, at the Junior National Swimming Championships in December 2014.

Sullivan is lesbian.

Sullivan's mother, Maco, is Japanese.

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