Erica Whipple
Erica Whipple

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
West Palm Beach, Fla.

High School:
Palm Beach Lakes

Height:
5-2

Event:
Sprints

Birthdate:
12/04/1982

Major:
Liberal Arts


OUTLOOK: Was SEC Athlete of the Year before last season's injury...Looking to make a big comeback and have a major impact this season...Has improved strength levels, acceleration ability and endurance... One of nation's finest sprinters...Expected to finish off her Gamecock career by contending for NCAA championships in the 100, 200 and 4x100m relay.

2004: As a junior indoors, at the Carolina Big 12 meet, Whipple placed fifth in the 60m and first in the 200m ... At the Kentucky Invitational placed first in the 60m and first in the 200m ... Placed sixth in the 55m and second in the 200m at the SEC Invitational in Gainesville ... At the Gator Invitational placed seventh in the 55m and first in the 200m ... At the Meet of Champions in New York placed fourth in the 60m and second in the 200m ... At the USC Invitational finished fourth in the heat of 55m ... At the SEC Indoor Championships placed third in the 200m ... Outdoors at the Florida Relays placed 11th in the heat of the 100m ... At the SEC Championships in Oxford.,Miss, placed second in the 200m.

2003: Indoors, placed third in 60m and fourth in 200m at SEC Four-Way Meet ... Finished third in 60m at UNC Invitational ... Placed third in the 200m and sixth in 55m at Florida Invitational ... Finished fifth in both the 60m and 200m at Meet of Champions ... Placed third in the 55m at USC Invitational ... Finished sixth in the 200m at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Placed seventh in the 200m at NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-American status ... Outdoors, finished second in both the 100m and 200m dashes at the SEC Quad Meet ... At the Sea Ray Relays, once again placed second in the 100m and 200m dashes ... Won the 200m dash at the Orange & Purple Classic ... At the SEC Championships, won her heat of the 100m dash with a personal-best mark of 11.25 then topped that mark with another personal best and a school record in the finals, placing second with a time of 11.15 ... Set another personal record in the finals of the 200m dash with a time of 22.82 and won her 200m dash heat with a time of 23.43 ... Ran the opening leg of the 4x100m relay team that placed second with a time of 43.54 ... Was the third leg of the 4x400m relay team that finished third with a time of 3:35.86 ... Also at the SEC Championships, won the Commissioner's Trophy as the highest point scorer in the meet, the second straight year a Gamecock won the SEC women's Commissioner's Trophy ... Ran the second leg on the winning 4x100m relay team at the NCAA East Regional at George Mason, finishing in a season-best time of 43.26 ... Also finished fourth in the 100m dash and third at the 200m dash on the final day of the NCAA East Regional ... In the preliminary heats of the NCAA East Regional, won her heat in both the 100m and 200m dashes as well as running the second leg of the 4x100m relay team that won in the preliminary heat race ... Earned three All-America honors (4x100 relay, 100m and 200m) at NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Ran on second-place 4x100 relay team and finished fifth in the 200m and sixth in the 100m ... Teamed with Tiffany Ross, Alexis Joyce and Aleen Bailey to establish a new school-record 4x100 time of 42.83 ... Participated at U.S. Outdoor Championships.

2002: During Indoor season, won the 400m dash at the UNC Early Invitational ... At the Virginia Tech Invitational, placed third in the 200m dash and fourth in the 60m dash ... Finished fifth in the 200m and sixth in the 400m dash at the Five Way SEC Meet ... Placed fourth in the 200m at the NCAA Championships ... Placed third at the Meet of Champions in the 60m and 200m dash ... Set the school record in the 55m dash indoors, running a 6.83 ... No. 4 on the all-time 200m indoor list at USC ... Outdoors, won the 100m dash at the Georgia Tech Invitational ... Battled the injury bug outdoors ... Won the 400m dash at the Four-Way SEC Meet ... Finished seventh in the 100m dash and 11th in the 200m dash at the SEC Championships ... Placed 10th in the 400m dash at the Sea Ray Relays ... Ran on the NCAA champion 4x100m relay at the NCAA Championships ... Placed ninth in the 200m dash at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: 2001 Track & Field News All-American (100m) ... Was four-time All-American, four-time All-County, and four-time state champion (Florida) throughout high school ... Won four varsity letters in track and field ... Team won county championships, city championships, conference championships, regional championships, and district championships all four years ... Won the team state title in 1999 ... Was two- time Nike Scholastic Indoor Champion ... Was named the first-ever Flo Jo award winner ... Gatorade Athlete of the Year winner ... Arcadia Outdoor Champion ... Florida Relays Champion ... Placed fourth in preliminary Olympic team trials in 2000 ... Was the 2001 National Scholastic Outdoor Champion ... Top time nationally in the 100m.

PERSONAL PROFILE:

Date of birth/Location: December 4, 1982/West Palm Beach, Fla.

Parents: Margaret Dent and Eric Whipple

Major: Liberal Arts

Favorite Actress: Susan Lucci

Most memorable moment: When I won the SEC Championship in the 200m

Favorite sports team: Whoever Tiki Barber plays for!

What I want most out of life: To be happy and financially stable

What I love most about USC: The people

I chose USC over UCLA, Florida and Georgia

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