June 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State senior Maria Salinas has been named to the All-American Third Team by GolfWeek marking the second All-American honor she has earned this season and the second consecutive season she has earned All-American honors. Salinas earned All-American Honorable Mention honors from the National Golf Coaches Association of America following the season and her participation in the NCAA Division I Championship Finals and was an All-American Honorable Mention selection as named by GolfWeek in 2011.
Salinas finished her three-year Florida State career as a two-time All-America Honorable Mention honoree, two-time NCAA Regional All-American honoree and a two-time All-ACC performer (in 2011 and 2012). She was Florida State's team captain as a senior who finished her career as the No. 16 ranked amateur player in the world. She played in two NCAA Championship Finals, three NCAA Regional Championships and three ACC Championships in her three-year varsity letter winning career as a Seminole. Salinas, who will graduate from Florida State in August of 2012 with a bachelor's degree in international affairs, is the No. 33 overall ranked collegiate golfer and the No. 2 ranked golfer in the ACC according to GolfStat.
"I am extremely proud and happy to finish my college career by being named All-American by both the Coaches' Association and GolfWeek," said Salinas. "Playing at Florida State has been a wonderful experience and I made a great choice to transfer here. I am happy that I will earn my degree from FSU in August."
Salinas also earned All-ACC Honors in 2012 as voted on by the league's nine head coaches for the second time in her career. She is one of only four players in school history to earn All-ACC honors multiple times during her career. She earned two individual titles during the spring of 2011 - at the Lady Gator Invitational and the NCAA Central Regional Championship - and was one of five golfers in the ACC to win at least one championship and one of only two ACC golfers (also Lindy Duncan of Duke) with multiple wins during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 seasons.
"I am very proud of Maria for earning All-American honors," said head coach Amy Bond. "This is a great way for her to end her career at Florida State. Her last six weeks of the season were some of the best golf that I have ever witnessed."