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Erin Morris
Erin Morris

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fort Wayne, Ind.

High School:
Snider

Position:
Free/Back

Experience:
SR


2005-06:
Erin qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. She swam three NCAA `A' qualifying times at the Big Ten Championships in the 500 freestyle, the 200 backstroke, and as a member of the 800 freestyle relay team and was named to the All-Big Ten team for the second straight year as she was a second team selection after being a first teamer in 2005. At the NCAA Championships, Erin competed in the 500 free, 200 medley relay, 100 and 200 backstroke, 800 free relay and 400 free relay. Her best finish at the NCAA meet was 14th in the 200 backstroke (1:57.38), as she broke her own school record in that event. At the Big Ten Championships, she placed second in the 500 free, third in the 100 backstroke, second in the 200 backstroke and was on the 800 free relay team that finished second. Over the course of the season, Erin set personal bests in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 200 back.

Other Highlights: Finished third in the 500 free, third in the 200 backstroke, second in the 1650 free, third in the 100 backstroke, and was on the fourth place 400 free relay team at the tri-meet with Indiana and Ohio State....Part of the 200 medley relay team that placed second in the dual meet with Kenyon....Placed fourth in the 200 backstroke vs. Rutgers....Won the 200 free and finished second in the 100 free vs. St. Bonaventure....Finished third in the 200 IM in the dual meet at Florida....Placed second in the 200 IM and was on the first place 400 free relay team in the dual meet vs. West Chester....A member of the second place 400 medley relay team and the winner of the 200 backstroke in the dual meet vs. West Virginia.

2004-05:
Morris had a memorable run at the Big Ten Championships to qualify for NCAAs for the second time in her sophomore season. She was named to the All-Big Ten first team after breaking two school records at the championships. Morris captured second place at Big Ten's in both the 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke. She finished just .17 seconds behind Olympic gold medalist Carly Piper (Wisconsin) in the 500 freestyle with a school-record time of 4:42.17. She also broke the school record in the 200 backstroke (1:57.94) just a few minutes after placing fifth in the 1650 freestyle in 16:24.39. She also helped the Nittany Lions take third in the 800 freestyle relay (7:16.23). Morris swam a personal best of 16:18.98 at the NCAAs for the 400 freestyle relay, placing her 13th in the standings. She placed 19th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.15). Morris achieved honorable mention All-America status by finishing in the top 16 at the NCAA Championships.

2003-04:
Had a strong first season at the collegiate level, placing eighth in the 200-yard IM event at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 2:03.94, and fifth with a time of 1:59.90 in the 200 yard backstroke. Also finished seventh with teammates Nikki Collins, Sally Anderson, and Margy Keefe in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:19.37. Erin qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed 13th the 800-meter freestyle relay with Keefe, Megan Palera and Anderson to become an honorable mention All-American.

High School:
Morris is a two-time Indiana State Champion in the 100-yard backstroke. She also finished second in the 500 freestyle during her sophomore, junior and seniors years under head coach Jennifer Gibson at Snider High School.

Personal:
Erin Morris was born on Oct. 20, 1984. Her parents are Theresa and Clark Morris. She has a twin brother, Eric. Morris is majoring in movement science/nutrition.

Why I chose Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because I loved everything about it and I felt like it was a home on my visit."

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