2012-2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Recipient of the program's new Natalie Kirchhoff Inspiration Award (presented for a singular moment of inspiration during the season)... Won the Kirchhoff after coming back from an illness at the C-USA meet that required two IVs for dehydration. Not only did she return to the competition on the final day of the meet, she 1) won the rugged 1,650-freestyle with a 16:29.02 that is the second-fastest time in school history and then 2) finished fourth in the 200-butterfly with a 2:04.54 that is Rice's fifth-best-ever mark. The comeback performance inspired her Owl teammates to come from behind and win the conference team title... Finished third in the league in the 500-freestyle (4:49.54)... Best 500 of the season was a 4:49.32 in December at the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio... Swam the third leg of the Owls' school record-setting 800-free relay (7:11.57) that finished second in C-USA... Scored a total of 59.5 points at the conference, the fifth-highest on the team... Best 1,000-freestyle (10:02.01) was on the intermediate split of her C-USA mile, the third-best mark in school history... Steady performer who was named the C-USA Swimmer of the Week three times over the course of the season (Oct. 16, Dec. 4 and Jan. 29).
2011-2012: Swam in two events at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials... Registered a 2:16.94 in the morning preliminary round of the 200-meter butterfly (June 28) to finish 70th out 135 of the top women's swimmers in the country... Logged a 4:21.99 in the 400-meter freestyle prelims (June 26) to place 85th out of the top 113 entries (did not advance to the event finals of either event)... Shared the team's Rookie of the Year award (with Casey Clark) as the Owls' top new swimmer; Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Posted some the fastest individual times in Rice history in six different events, including the 200-butterfly (2:00.90), 200-individual medley (2:02.61), 200-free (1:48..34), 500 (4:49.19), 1,000 (10:04.58) and the mile (16:40.79)... Won three individual silver medals in the 200-free, 500 and the mile, and swam on the Owls' school-record-setting 800-free relay that won the silver medal at the C-USA Championships... Scored a total of 59.9 points at the conference meet, the second-highest total by any of the Rice freshmen... Part of a 1-2 Rice finish in the C-USA mile, where her 10:04.58 split at 1,000 yards was the fifth-best mark in school history... Best 200-fly was at the Last Chance meet in Rockwall, Tex... Tallied the fastest 500-free (4:58.93) and 200-fly (2:04.86) ever recorded by an Owl at home at the Rice Aquatics Center.
High School - A 2011 graduate of Bowie High School in Austin... Multiple prep All-America and four-time state qualifier... Finished second in the state for the Bulldogs in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events... Coached by Aaron Vohl... Outstanding student... Member of the National Honor Society... National Spanish Honor Society.
Club - Qualified for the 2012, and participated in the 2008, U.S. Olympic Trials while competing for Longhorn Aquatics... Coached by Doug Rusk... USA Swimming Scholastic All-America.
Personal - Full name: Erin Rachel Flanigan. Born: October 17, 1992, in Austin. Parents: Ed and Sally Flanigan of Austin (two brothers). Chose to attend Rice over Texas A&M, Duke, Indiana and Florida State. Rice College: Hanszen