Eric Hansen left his mark on the
Hansen emerged on the national scene as a junior in 1987 when he captured Big Eight titles in the 50-freestyle, 100-freestyle and the 100-backstroke. He was named Big Eight Swimmer of the Year after his impressive performance at the conference meet. He went on to earn All-America honors in all three events at the NCAA Championship, finishing third in the 50-freestyle.
As a senior, Hansen finished as a three-event All-American with three top-six finishes at the 1988 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. He racked up his second straight Big Eight Swimmer of the Year Award after winning three Big Eight titles (50 free, 100 free, 100 back) for the second consecutive season. His highest finish at the nationals was a fourth-place effort in the 100-backstroke, an event he still holds the school record in. His impressive accomplishments earned him a share of the 1988 ISU Male Athlete of the Year award with ISU Hall of Famer and Olympian Jeff Grayer.
Hansen gained additional acclaim as an international swimmer, competing on the U.S. National team from 1987-92. Hansen swam in the 1987 World Games in
Swimming continues to be the major focus in Hansen’s life. He spent the last five years as the head men’s and women’s swimming coach at