New Haven high school swimmer Erin Earley hoping to make it to Rio Olympics

(WTNH)–The 2016 Summer Olympics are right around the corner, and an area swimmer is getting ready for the Olympic trials next week. She hopes to find her way to Rio in August.

17-year-old Erin Earley will be a senior at the Hopkins School in New Haven next fall. She’s been swimming since she was four years old. And how about this for dedication–Earley practices nine times a week and also works with a personal trainer.

She’s qualified in three Olympic events–the 400 individual medley, the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke.

Getting to the Olympic Games would be a dream come true.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to make the Olympics, so I’ve just been dreaming of it ever since I was little,” Earley said.

Earley’s coach, Chuck Elrick, says the 17-year-old is seeded 16th in the country and 38th in the world, heading into the trials. The average age of the women at the Olympic trials is 23.

The two take off next week for Omaha. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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