Swimming: Dai named Scholastic All-American

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By The Staff

Eric Dai, one of the top club swimmers in Los Alamos, was named as a Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming.

Dai, who in the past six years swimming competitively has set 12 state age group records, was the only local swimmer to be named to the team.

The team is composed of USA Swimming competitors in grades 10-12. Swimmers are eligible if they have earned a 3.5 grade-point average or better and have achieved a Junior National Bonus Time Standard or swam in a selected disability championship meet.

Dai, the team captain of Mountain Club, holds a 4.0 GPA at Los Alamos High School.

In his career, Dai has been the state’s high-point champion six times and has won a pair of Individual Medley Xtreme Challenge championships.

Only four other New Mexico swimmers were selected to the All-America team among 905 girls and 595 boys chosen.

In 1997, Dai was just one of 112 boys in the nation and became the only New Mexico swimmer to have ever been chosen for the Western Zone Select Camp.