Notre Dame swimmer Erin Trahan is the Week 4 Female Athlete of the Week.
Credentials: The Notre Dame senior swimmer took first place in two events in the most recent Southwest Louisiana Swim League meet. Her victory in the 50 freestyle broke her own record in that event with a time of 24.18. Trahan already holds the local league records in the 500 free, 100 free, 200 IM and the 100 fly. Trahan also won the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 1:01.07. She is currently the defending Div. III state champion in the 50 free and the 100 fly.
Background: When Trahan succeeds, Crawfish Aquatics club coach Thomas Clavier is never surprised. Listen to him describe why Trahan excels and he almost doesn’t have enough words to detail how special of a swimmer she is.
“She is so special,” Clavier said. “She’s extremely athletic and she has a great work ethic.
“She comes from a rice farming family. She’s learned how to work hard.”
Clavier explains how Trahan basically double-trains, getting to school at 5:30 each morning to lift weights. Then after school, trains at the club in Lafayette from 4 to 6 p.m. She’s the reigning Short Course and Long Course champion.
“She’s very easy to coach,” Clavier said. “She does a great job of listening.”
Lagniappe: In between all of that training for swimming, Trahan has a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of the Beta Club. Among the college programs recruiting Trahan are Texas A&M, Rice, SMU, Arizona, Florida State and Indiana.