Beyond The Game With Ikenna Eruchalu
BEYOND THE GAME WITH IKENNA ERUCHALU
Charlotte Latin School tenth grade swimmer Ikenna Eruchalu is a rising star in the pool and inside the classroom. The son of Adaora and Obinna Eruchalu is the # 13th ranked 15 year old swimmer in the country for the 100 Butterfly. With hours or hard work every week, Ikenna continues to improve his times and work for a spot in the National Junior Olympics. In addition to swimming, Ikenna has been playing piano for six years. In Federation piano recitals he has received all Superiors
with only one Excellent.. The South Charlotte Sports Report believes Ikenna is one to watch over the next couple of seasons/ Let’s go Beyond The Game to learn more about this outstanding Student-athlete.
What events do you swim in?:
“I swim all the events. But I usually swim the 50, 100, and 200 yard freestyle, the 100 and 200
backstroke, 100 and 200 butterfly, and the 200 IM(lndividual Medley) at most of my swim
Describe your training schedule?
“At my club team, Swim MAC, we practice 8 times a week during the school year over a span of 6
days (Monday-Saturday). During the school year, we have doubles Monday and Friday and just
one practice for the other days of the week. Doubles means 2 practices a day.”
What are your top three athletic accomplishments?:
“This past March of 2014, I won the 100 butterfly at the South Eastern Zone
Championships for the 13-14 age group. The meet consisted of swimmers from the
South Eastern zone of the United States and it was a huge championship meet. In 2012 I broke two team records in the 50 and 100 yard fly.
The 50 fly record was held by Olympian Ricky Berens and the 100 fly record had been standing for 30 years until I
broke it. I have been the fastest 100 yard butterfly swimmer in the state for my age for the past 4 years.”
Any big summer plans for swimming?:
“I am working towards getting my junior national cuts so I can compete in the summer junior
national championships. The junior national championships is the fastest 18 and under meet in
the country. The time standards for that meet are very fast so that will be my main focus for the
How well do you perform in the classroom?
“I do not slack off in school. I have made A’s in all my classes so far in high school. My GPA is a
4.2 and I have been on the Headmasters List for every semester of my high school experience
so far. I take 2 honors classes in math and science. I am in the Environmental Club, Mosaic Club,
and Service Club.
Are you involved in any community service projects?:
“For the past 3 years in the summer I volunteered at a program called “Swim4Life”. It is a
program that lasts all of July. “Swim4Iife” is a program that teaches inner-city kids who live
around the North Charlotte area how to swim. I am now an instructor at the program. I also did
Camp SOAR at the Jewish Community Center last summer so I could help kids who were
mentally challenged have fun in the pool and also teach them how to swim a little. This past
summer I helped kids from the Billingsville School on their swimming skills. That program with
the Billingsville kids only lasted for one day. But my swimming schedule makes it tough for me
to be able to do a lot of regular volunteer activities, so I am only able to do some volunteer
work here and there.”