By Sharon Robb
September 10, 2015—For the first time in the team’s 16-year history, South Florida Aquatic Club had four swimmers selected for USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-America Team.
Jessica Rodriguez, Melissa Marinheiro, Ervin Marin and Ryan Capote were among a list of 1,925 high school swimmers across the nation honored by USA Swimming as 2014-15 Scholastic All-America selections.
Rodriguez and Marin carried 4.0 grade point averages while competing on SOFLO’s national team.
It is the most student-athletes SOFLO has ever placed on the team. All four are first-timers on the team.
In order to be considered for the Scholastic All-America team, swimmers must maintain a 3.5 GPA for the current academic year and swim a time equal to a 2011 Junior Nationals bonus time in any event during the qualification period.
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for inclusion.
The Southern Zone led the way with 585 Scholastic All-America selections. There were 1,020 women and 905 men on the team.
“South Florida Aquatic Club is very proud of the achievements of these athletes in the classroom and in the pool,” said SOFLO CEO and head coach Chris Anderson.
“We are always looking to add more athletes to this prestigious list in the future. This is a great avenue for college recruiters.”
The application for the 2015-16 team will be available on June 1, 2016.
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