What is Maritza Correia McClendon famous for?
McClendon has the distinction of being the first Puerto Rican of African descent to be on the U.S, Olympic team (2004) and win a medal (silver). She also became the first Black female swimmer from the United States to set an American and world swimming record.
When was Maritza McClendon born?
December 23, 1981 (age 39 years)
Maritza Correia/Date of birth
Where does Maritza Mcclendon live?
In 1988, when Correia was seven years old, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Her doctor recommended that she take swimming classes and use swimming as a treatment for her condition. In 1990, her family moved and settled in Tampa, Florida.
How old is Maritza Correia?
39 years (December 23, 1981)
When did Chad McClendon and Maritza Correia get married?
In March 2010, Maritza married Chad McClendon, and on January 1, 2012, their son Kason was born. On September 25, 2013, the family added a daughter, Sanaya Anne.
Where did Maritza Correia live most of her life?
Correia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her parents, Vincent and Anne, had moved there from Guyana. In 1988, when Correia was seven years old, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis.
What did Maritza Correia do for the SEC?
Correia was the first swimmer in Southeastern Conference history to win an SEC title in all freestyle events. During her college career she was a 27-time All-American, and 11-time NCAA champion. Correia hoped to participate at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
When did Maritza Correia qualify for the Olympics?
Maritza Correia (born December 23, 1981), also known by her married name Maritza McClendon, is a former Olympic swimmer from the United States. When she qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 2004, she became the first Puerto Rican of African descent to be a member of the U.S. Olympic swimming team.