In order to express Erin's love and passion for swimming, we need to start from the beginning. Erin learned how to swim at the young age of two. Her swim instructor was none other than Ingrid Daland. Ingrid was a world-class West German swimmer and U.S. Open recordholder. She is the founder and main drive behind the Daland Swim School in Thousand Oaks. Ingrid began teaching in 1964 at the Glendale Swim School. From 1966-1971 she taught in private homes and from 1971-74 she taught at the Foxmoor pool in Westlake Village. That’s where Erin came in. She was born in Thousand Oaks, and her family lived in Westlake Village, California.
At the age of five, Erin joined the local swim team (CSA) and swam competitively throughout her teen years, winning awards along the way. She also swam under Rick Rowland at a week long, rigorous swim camp at Pepperdine University. From 1982-85, Rowland was the assistant coach for men's water polo and swimming at Pepperdine, his alma mater (his father, Rick Sr., was the head coach). Later, Erin swam varsity on the Thousand Oaks High School team all four years, and became the varsity team captain her senior year (1991-1992).
Meanwhile, her older sister and older brother went on to swim at Colorado State University and Stanford University, respectively. There, her brother swam with Stanford swimming greats like Pablo Morales. Mike Peters still holds the record in the 400 yard freestyle relay at T.O.H.S.
Erin went to attend San Diego State University, and later joined their new swim team in 1996. This was coached by Deena Deardurff, Olympic champion swimmer. There, she became the fastest backstroker and in the top five freestylers on the Division A team.
During college, she taught swim lessons at Rockwell Rocketdyne (to the employees’ kids) and at Daland Swim School. Erin has also lifeguarded at the YMCA. After college, she continued to swim with the Daland Masters Swim Team and the Simi Valley Masters Team. The Daland Masters Swim Team was coached by Ingrid’s husband, Peter Daland, who was the coach of the USC men's swim team for many years.
As a child, she grew up boating on her Dad's boat. They would go out nearly every weekend to the Channel Islands in southern California - scuba diving or waterskiing at Anacapa or Santa Cruz Island. It is through these weekend trips that Erin's love for the water deepened, like the ocean. Years later, in 2007, Erin, her dad and two brothers took a scuba diving trip to the British Virgin Islands. It's here that they charted a catamaran sailboat and dived 10 shipwrecks in 10 days, including the famous RMS Wreck of the Rhone. This 310', 1865 Royal Mail Steam ship sank Oct. 29th, 1867 in a hurricane, with 300 passengers on board. Scenes from the movie "The Deep" were filmed here. It was an amazing trip!
Erin now swims on the Palm Desert Masters Team.