Erika Reineke, a 2008 St. Mark’s Episcopal School graduate, is currently competing for a spot on the U.S. sailing team for the 2016 Olympics. Erika is a three-time Women’s All American athlete who began sailing at age 8. At the age of 12, she began training with Anna Tunnicliffe, a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, and Brad Funk, a current Olympic campaigner.
Erika has dominated around the world through various prestigious sailing competitions. In 2010, she qualified to represent the United States in the ISAF Youth World competition in Istanbul, Turkey, where she brought home the bronze metal. Shortly after Istanbul, she won her first ILCA Youth World Championship, an honor she would earn twice during her career. In 2011, she qualified again for ISAF Youth Worlds, bringing home a silver medal, this time from Croatia. In 2012, she earned her third World Championship title in Germany, placing 8th overall in the women’s division.
Erika graduated from the youth sailing circuit and joined the collegiate team at Boston College while also pursuing a degree in Environmental Geosciences. During her time here, she was a three-time Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year Finalist, three-time Women’s All-American, and she received recognition as an Honorable Mention in the Coed Division. She was also named the Women’s MVP three times.
After sailing with her college team and US Sailing Team Sperry, she decided to pursue her own Olympic campaign.
An “Amerikan Dream” Olympic fundraiser will be held for Erika on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
We at St. Mark’s are so proud of Erika for her dedication and passion to her craft.
Good luck during your Olympic run!