Posted: 3:42 pm Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

FHSAA honors Florida high school alumni competing in Olympics 

By Jeff Greer

Tony McQuay leads a group of four Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast athletes heading to the Olympics in London, and the FHSAA put out a release Wednesday recognizing all of its alumni heading to the Games.

McQuay is joined by two Cardinal Newman alumni, Laura (Reback) Bennett and Melissa Ortiz, and Martin County grad Tina Konyot on the list, which includes 29 former FHSAA student-athletes. Ryan Lochte, one of Team USA’s most recognizable stars who attended Port Orange-Spruce Creek, is also representing Florida high schools.

“We are tremendously proud that so many of our exceptional athletes are getting this incredible opportunity to compete on the greatest stage in sports,” said FHSAA executive director Dr. Roger Dearing in a statement. “The world will see what we in Florida already know – the talent, dedication and sportsmanship of Florida high school student-athletes is second to none.”

McQuay, a Suncoast grad and Florida sprinter, will compete in the 400-meter dash. Ortiz will play soccer for Colombia, while Bennett will compete as a Team USA triathlete. Konyot’s trade is equestrian, and she’ll wear Team USA colors.

Here’s the full list of athletes.