Hartford, Conn. - Former Trinity College softball captain Erica Quinones (Trumbull, Conn.) was named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Athlete Second Team by the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The magazine established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement. The award was inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education and excellence on the tennis court. In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be eligible, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and be at least a sophomore academically. The honor covers all student athletes who competed during the 2016 calendar year, which includes Quinones who was a member of the Bantam softball program from 2013-2016 and graduated in the spring of 2016.
Quinones led the team with a .426 on base percentage to go along with a .354 batting average and a .495 slugging percentage during her senior season in which she earned Second Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors. Quinones also drove in 24 runs in 2016 to go along with eight doubles and two home runs while drawing 14 walks. She was second on the team with 35 hits to scored 16 runs. A graduate of Trumbull High School, Quinones was a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree and earned her bachelors degree in biology at Trinity. She also was a member of the SAAC and helped found the Trinity Pre-Dental Society. She is the daughter of Annie and Daniel Quinones.