Biography:

A former world junior medallist, Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson made her senior international debut at the 2013 FINA World Championships but it was during the 2014 season that she really made her mark. At the Commonwealth Games she finished fourth in the 400m IM, out-touched for the bronze by just 0.53 of a second. She also finished fifth in the 200m IM. At the Pan Pacific Championships she made the finals of both the 200m and 400m IMs. In her first year racing collegiately at the University of British Columbia, Seltenreich-Hodgson was named 2014 CIS Women’s Swimmer of the Year and Rookie of the Year. She helped the UBC women win their third straight national team title and won gold in the 200m butterfly, 200m IM and 400m IM, setting a CIS Championship record in the latter. At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto she finished fifth in the 200m IM and was part of Canada’s bronze medal-winning 4x200m freestyle relay. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 she advanced to the semifinals of the 200m individual medley.

Getting to know…

Family: Father Frank Hodgson, mother Susan Seltenreich… Getting into the Sport: Witnessed her first swim meet when she was 8 and loved the atmosphere… Started racing at age 10… Thrives on the competitiveness… In one of her first meets, her goggles broke behind the blocks and she started crying and missed her race… Outside Interests: Third year at the University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Arts, Psychology major)… Enjoys reading, writing, Netflix, eating dessert (especially chocolate)… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon”… Collects keychains from new countries she visits for her swim bag… Nicknames: Erks, Salt, Urkle… Listens to pump up music on race day; easier to get in the zone with headphones on…