Name: Erika Ackerlund
Sport: Triathlon
Birthdate: May 14, 1996 
Hometown: Helena, Mont.
College: University of Montana

Career Highlights

Top-ten finish at the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg
Top-five finish at the 2018 World Triathlon Cup Huatulco
2016 NCAA Women's Varsity Triathlon National Champion


Erika Ackerlund found the sport of triathlon during her freshman year of college at the University of Montana. She quickly found success in the racing circuit, becoming the overall national champion at the NCAA Women's Varsity National Championship in 2016. She earned her first elite win at the 2017 Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and since then has tallied a list of top finishes across the World Triathlon circuit. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and she was a presidential scholar, earning her degree Summa Cum Laude. 

Elite Triathlon Career

2021: Started her season finishing fifth at the Americas Triathlon Cup in Long Beach, California on July 18 • Made it to the top-20 in the super sprint challenge weekend at the Groupe Copley World Triathlon Championship Series in Montreal, ultimately finishing 18th on August 14 • Had a top-ten finish, placing 8th overall at the World Triathlon Cup Karlovy Vary on September 8  •  Earned her best career WTCS finish by finishing 10th at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg on September 18 Competed as the opener for Team USA in the Mixed Relay event alongside Chase McQueen, Summer Rappaport and Seth Rider, coming in fifth in Hamburg on September 19 Ended the year by coming in 15th at the World Triathlon Championship Series Abu Dhabi on November 5, where she earned points counting toward the 2022 WTCS ranking.