Niagara Gazette — Four years ago, Emily and Erin Sliwowski enrolled at Niagara Falls High School. Freshmen at the time, the twins had spent their middle school years at St. Dominic Savio. They also swam at the Whitewater Swim Club, run by Niagara Falls swimming and diving coach Ed Maynard.
The following year, their sister, Jenna, transfered to Niagara Falls, creating a trifecta of sibling swimmers that have dominated the school’s swimming and diving team since.
“(Emily and Erin) were pretty solid right from the get-go as ninth graders, and they’ve been pretty consistent swimmers ever since,” Maynard said. “They’re all-around swimmers. They can do anything from the 50 to 500 freestyle and can do all four strokes pretty well. They’ve been battling for the school record in the 200 (individual medley). That’s pretty hard to find nowadays. You get a lot of swimmers pigeonholed into doing one thing.”
The twins started swimming in second grade when they joined the team at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Erin said they joined Whitewater after it was recommended by a friend and have been swimming competitively ever since.
Erin is the most decorated of the trio. She holds the NFHS record in the 200-meter IM and was part of the team that set the school record in the 400 free relay. She said she doesn’t have one top race, but she’s already qualified for sectionals this year in every individual race except the 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke.
Emily comes close to her twin’s well-rounded skills but excels in the backstroke. Her top time in the race is just three seconds off the school record and four seconds shy of state qualification, which she said are both goals for this season.
The twins also compete against each other regularly in the 200 IM. Emily said the competition only makes swimming more fun for the pair.