Joe Rodriguez '16 qualified for the Olympic team trials after winning the 50-meter freestyle event at a competition in Annapolis, Maryland in December.
Joe, a first class cadet at the Coast Guard Academy, is the first swimmer in program history to qualify for the Olympic trials.
He finished with a time of 23:14 in the 50 free during the morning preliminaries, then recorded an even faster time of 23.07 to win the finals. The Olympic trial cut time is 23:19.
At the Coast Guard Academy, he holds records in the 50-yard freestyle swim (19.88) and the 100-yard freestyle swim with a time of 44.53.
Joe is a three-time All-American swimmer for the Coast Guard Bears and is an electrical engineering major. In 2019, he received a Great Minds in STEM Cadet Leadership Award. Great Minds in STEM, the largest professional organization for public sector information technology leaders in the nation, presents awards each year to rising STEM role models, innovators, and leaders from the nation’s service academies and ROTC programs.
The Olympic trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska in June. Joining Joe will be Gigi Johnson '22, who qualified for the trials in August.