PHOENIX, Arizona, November 19. SWIMMING World five-star Erik Risolvato ran into some academic qualification issues en route to swim for the University of Arizona after committing to be a Wildcat in September. Arizona's loss has now become Indian River State College's gain, as Risolvato informed Swimming World today that he is headed to Florida with the intent to join Arizona after his junior college career.
Risolvato is definitely determined to get his grades back on track, and prove that he's not only a strong swimmer, but a potential top-flight student-athlete as well.
“When I went there this past weekend, I fell in love,” Risolvato told Swimming World about his choice to head to IRSC. “Head coach Ryan [Mallam] had the same goals for his program that I had for myself and that is to raise the bar. I will most likely transfer to Arizona after a year or two at Indian River, and that's what junior college is for, to get my grades straight and teach me how to balance my school and my swimming. Plus, it's only seven miles from Palm Beach, and I still get to swim against all the big SEC schools so I'm very excited.”
Risolvato, who swims for Shawnee High School in Ohio, is the top ranked swimmer out of Ohio according to CollegeSwimming.com. He's also ranked as the 18th best recruit in the nation as one of the top sprinters in the country with a 19.62 50-yard free and 44.03 100-yard free from last February.
“I don't mind if I don't look the greatest,” Risolvato told Swimming World about his academic detour. “A lot of kids don't understand how important your grades are, and they don't listen to their parents and the people around them. I thought I could make it on my athletic success alone, and I want other people to know that you can't. If I take a hit for that, then that's fine by me. I'm making changes in my own life, and I don't want to fluff it up, because life isn't clouds and rainbows. I messed up, and I'm not upset about what's happening. It's what I needed, and I'm going to go down to Indian River and I'm going to tear it up.”