Age : 2001

Events : Free, Back & Breast

Place of Birth : Manila, Philippines

Current City : Las Pinas City, Philippines

International Debut : December 4, 2015

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Full Name : David Franco S. Dela Rosa
Nick Name : Franco
Birthday : September 8, 2001
Current City/Country : Las Pinas City, PHI

City/Country of Birth : Manila, PHI

Current Club : DLSZ Junior Tankers

Coaches : Garry Domingo

Past Club : Elizabeth Seton Saints
Past Coach : Popoy Hipolito

Past Coach :

           
           
 

Describe yourself :
Energetic, funny and friendly.

What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise others?
I am very notorious in stopping and passing in between hard workouts in training to have more rest.

What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport of swimming?
I started swimming when I was 5. Then started swimming competitively when I was 9 and then started becoming serious about it when I was 11. My parents just thought of having an extra curricular activity for me and my siblings, especially for me as I was on the verge of having asthma so they enrolled me and my siblings at the nearest learn to swim program which was in Seton and there I learned how to swim.

During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
During my early years of swimming, I have never expected to be where I am now as I was always on the bottom of the results and thought of swimming as a second priority.

What do you think are the factors that make you a successful swimmer?
Iím always very serious and focused in what I want to achieve and I always pray to God before each race.

What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
My most memorable experience as a swimmer is when I qualified for the 2012 SC G-League National Championships in the 50 m Freestyle event as it was my first Champs event that I qualified; and the first swim I was serious about. Itís not much but it meant a lot to me.

Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other goal(s) as a swimmer?
To become a multiple Asian and Southeast Asian games medalist and to qualify for the Youth Olympics.

Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming? Why?
Yes, because I once thought of prioritizing my studies more than swimming. But my parents told me not to and I am grateful that I didnít.

Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
I look up to my parents, coaches and great swimmers like Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin as I would want to be like them one day.

Any specific routines (pamahi-in) before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?
One is stretching and warming up before a meet or a swim and also praying to God for guidance and strength.

Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be like you.
Achieving your dreams is hard and a long journey but as long as you believe in yourself and you always have God beside you, you can achieve anything. And itís also worth the pain and wait.

Message to your supporters :
Dreams are achievable and can be attained, if not, nature wouldnít intend us to have them, based on my favorite quote.

         

2016 International Results

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6th

00:25.33

50m Free 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.11.16

8th

00:27.08

50m Fly 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.10.16

10th

00:33.35

50m Breast 14-15 Boys

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

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2015 International Results

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12th

00:29.60

50m Freestyle 14-15 Boys

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

12th

00:29.60

50m Freestyle 14-15 Boys

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

10th

00:34.59

50m Breaststroke 14-15 Boys

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.04.15

9th

02:29.97

200m Backstroke 14-15 Boys

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.05.15