Erika Hajnal
    • Event
    • Class
    • Hometown
    • Freestyle/Individual Medley/Butterfly
    • Senior
    • Budapest, Hungary

    General: The school-record holder in the 500 freestyle (4:40.03), 1000 freestyle (9:40.18), 1650 freestyle (16:00.16) and 400 IM (4:08.43). An All-American in the 400 IM ... 2010 ACC Champion in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle.

    2011-12: Competed in her fourth and final NCAA Championship, placing 16th in the 500 freestyle, 21st in the 1650 freestyle and 25th in the 400 IM ... Tallied 49 individual points for the H2Okies at the ACC Championships, with second-place finishes in the 400 IM and 1650 freestyle ... Also placed fourth in the 500 freestyle at ACCs ... Went undefeated in the dual meet against Georgia Tech and Miami, taking the titles of the 200 IM, 500 and 1000 freestyle ... Took home the titles in the 200 butterfly and 500 freestyle, while coming in second in the 200 freestyle at William & Mary ... Won the 1000 and 500 freestyle as well as the 400 IM against Virignia... Took home the gold as a member of the 800 free relay (7:35.91)...Led the women at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, earning 92 points for the H2Okies ... Finished the Invite with two individual titles (500 and 1650 freestyles), a second-place (400 IM) and eight-place (200 butterfly) finishes ... Swam three 'B' cut times of 4:41.56 in the 500 freestyle, 16:13.37 in the 1650 freestyle and 4:11.65 in the 400 IM ... Placed second in all three events (1000 free, 200 fly and 500 free) at Ohio State ... Won the 500 and 1000 freestyle, while placing second in the 200 butterfly in the quad meet against Duke, Florida State and UNC Wilmington ... Took home the gold in the 200 butterfly, while coming in second in the 500 and 1650 freestyles against North Carolina ... Went undefeated in the season opener against NC State and James Madison, taking home the gold in the 200 butterfly and the 1000 and 500 freestyles.

    2010-11: Was the only Tech swimmer to qualify for NCAAs, where she competed in three events … Just missed All-America honorable mention with a 17th-place finish in the 1650 free … Earned 44 points for the H2Okies at the ACC Championships, earning All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the 400 IM, finishing fourth in the 1650 free and placing sixth in the 500 free … Swam a leg of the fourth-place 800 free relay … Scored 73 points at the Volunteer Invitational, winning both the 500 free and the 400 IM, finishing second in the 1650 free and placing third in the 200 fly … Was a member of the 800 free relay squad which set a new Tennessee pool record with a title at the Invite … Won a team-leading 17 individual titles throughout the season, winning the 500 and 1000 freestyle events four times, the 400 IM and the 200 fly three times, and the 200 and 400 IM once each … Notable regular-season titles include a gold medal in the 1000 free at Penn State and in the 1650 free at No. 9 Virginia with Princeton … Swam B cut times on the season in the 500 free (4:43.15), the 1650 free (16:10.60) and the 400 IM (4:10.37) … Held the team’s top times for the season in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle events, the 200 fly and the 400 IM … Ranked third in the ACC and 21st in the nation in the 1650 free, third in the ACC and 25th in the nation in the 400 IM, seventh in the ACC and 41st in the NCAA in the 500 free and ninth in the ACC and 42nd in the NCAA in the 1000 free … Named ACC Performer of the Week and Virginia Tech Athlete of the Week on Jan. 31 for her strong performances in the Midwest duals at No. 16 Louisville and Cincinnati.

    2009-10: Finished as an All-American in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships, placing eighth after setting a new school record with her preliminary qualifying time…Also placed 22nd in the 500 freestyle and 30th in the 1650 freestyle and helped the 800 freestyle relay team to a 10th-place finish, earning honorable mention All-America accolades …Broke school records in the 500 freestyle and 400 IM at the ACC Championships… Won the 500 and 1650 freestyle events and earned a bronze finish in the 400 IM, qualifying for NCAAs in all three competitions… Helped the women to a second-place, school-record finish in the 800 freestyle relay in 7:06.93, qualifying for the NCAAs…Won titles in the 200 butterfly and 500 and 1650 freestyle events and placed second in the 400 IM at the Volunteer Invitational…Was named the ACC Swimmer of the Week after her performances at North Carolina and against Virginia…Broke her own pool record with a first-place finish against Penn State in the 500 freestyle…Posted five titles in the 1000 freestyle, four titles in the 500 free and four titles in the 200 butterfly throughout the season.

    2008-09: Had a stellar freshman season, qualifying for NCAA’s and placing 13th in the 1650 free, 22nd in the 400 IM and 30th in the 500 free, posting four points and becoming the Hokies’ first All-American in distance events … Set school records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free and 400 IM … Took second in the 500 free, third in the 400 IM and third in the 1650 freestyle at the ACC Championships … Also swam the first leg of the 800 freestyle relay, helping the team place sixth … Took first in the 200 free and 200 IM, setting her season-best 200 IM time at the Pittsburgh meet … Represented Hungary at the 25th Universidad World University Games, participating in the 400 free (22nd), 800 free (14th), 1500 free (9th), 400 IM (11th) and 200 fly (5th) … Named Team Rookie of the Year.

    High School: Swam at CSIK Ferenc High School in Budapest ... Competed with the Szekesfehervari Delfin ... Has represented her country in multiple international competitions ... Swam with the team at the 2003 European Youth Olympic Festival ... Won the 400 IM event at the competition ... Competed at the 2008 Swimming World Cup in Mexico, an open water swimming meet ... Captured first place in the 10k race ... National Champion in open water in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    Personal: Erika Hajnal was born on September 7, 1989, in Budapest, Hungary ... Daughter of Janos and Erzsebet Hajnal ... Majoring in wildlife science.

    Hajnal's Career Best
    200 Freestyle: 1:48.97* 500 Freestyle: 4:40.03#
    1000 Freestyle: 9:40.18^# 1650 Freestyle: 16:00.16#
    200 Backstroke: 2:05.57 200 Butterfly: 1:59.18
    200 IM: 2:04.40 400 IM: 4:08.43#
    200 Breaststroke: 2:25.84

    * Denotes leadoff split; # Denotes school record; ^ Denotes split

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