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Senior Standout: Erika Ackerlund

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"Erika is just a phenomenal kid in and out of the pool."

"I always am here and I work hard."

Check out Erika Ackerlund, this week's Senior Standout. Erika is a swimmer for the Helena High Bengals, a former state champion, and the perfect role model. Erika was nominated by her coach, Carrie Brown, and she feels that Erika's character is exactly what sets her apart from other seniors.

"Not just somebody that is the best in the pool, but somebody that is great in and out of the pool. And that's the thing that stands out the most to be about Erika is that she's a great swimmer, she earns us a lot of points, but she's also just a good citizen and good member of the school," Brown says.

Being such a good member of the school and team, Erika was quick to point out that the team may be talented, they still needed a good leader in Coach Brown to get them where they are now.

"We've definitely had good results from her coaching us. We won state last year and that's really cool. And she's brought in some different styles of training that we didn't have in the past that I think some people are really enjoying," Ackerlund says.

Something else Erika also enjoyed was the Helena girls state championship in 2013, a tournament that no one really counted Helena in for.

"We weren't sure if we were going to be able to do it. And no one would really say anything when we got to the meet. It was just us and Hellgate were just back and forth for first place the whole time. And so everyone was definitely trying their best and every point we needed to make that title. It was an amazing feeling we all had such a good time after that," Erika recalls.

The Helena girls finished fifth in state this past weekend, thus ending a long career for Erika. But knowing her, she's just getting started.

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