Wildcats build large early lead and do well to thwart a late Illini comeback attempt
2014-15: Member of Northwestern’s sprint freestyle and backstroke groups … Academic All-Big Ten … Qualified for the consolation final of the 100 back at Northwestern’s home TYR Invitational (11/21-11/23) with a career-best time of 58.44 before scoring points for the Wildcats with a 14th-place overall finish in 58.55 … Had a second swim at the TYR in the 100 free, eventually finishing 22nd in that event … Also swam the 50 free at the TYR Invite … Scored a point for Northwestern in the 100 free with a fifth-place overall finish against UIC and Oakland in a double-dual meet (10/25) … Missed the rest of the season after competing in a pair exhibition swims during a double dual against Notre Dame and Michigan in Ann Arbor.
2013-14: Academic All-Big Ten ... Saw limited time in regular-season action ... Placed No. 6 vs. WKU with time of 24.60 ... Finished No. 4 in 50 free (24.77) vs. UIC/Wyoming ... Swam in 50 free, 100 free as well as 100 back at TYR ... Reached 50 free finals at TYR with times of 24.31 and 24.48 ... Swam in 50 free and 100 free at Big Ten Championships.
2012-13: Saw limited regular-season action, competing against Illinois in NU's season-opening dual meet (10/19) before an injury kept her out of the pool until the winter portion of the schedule ... Swam in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events against the Illini, then competed in all three of Northwestern's winter meets ... At the 2013 Big Ten Championships, swam in the 50 free (58th), 100 back (60th) and 100 free (63rd).
High School: Ranked as the seventh-best recruit in Illinois and in the top-250 nationally by Collegeswimming.com ... Labeled a three-star recruit by SwimmingWorldMagazine.com... An all-state, all-conference and all-sectional honoree ... Has earned 15 all-America awards and is a five-time state medalist ... Part of six broken school records for a program that has won 20-straight conference championships ... Is an 11-time Mid-Suburban League champion herself ... Swam 11 years of club with the Patriot Aquatic Club ... Earned a state record in the 800 free relay with Patriot Aquatic, which won the Senior State title in 2011 ... Individual Senior State champion in the 100 free as well as in the 800 free relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay ... Junior National qualifier ... Also lettered two years in water polo ... National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and four-year honor roll member ... AP Scholar ... Treasurer of the Student Council ... Is in the top five percent of her class, having earned straight A's during her entire academic career.
Personal: Born Erika Lauren Elliott ... Daughter of Michele Perlis and Mark Elliott ... Has a younger sister, Danielle, who swims at Northwestern in the Class of 2017 ... Enjoys scuba diving ... Chose Northwestern over Pennsylvania ... Volunteers as Keshet Sunday School and at Good Shepard Hospital ... Mother is a physician (OB/GYN) and father is the CEO of a medical clinic ... Majoring in psychology with a global health studies minor.