Age : 2000

Events : Free, Back, Fly & IM

Place of Birth : Manila, Philippines

Current City : Quezon City, Philippines

International Debut : June 1, 2012

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  Full Name : Regina Maria Paz de Lara Castrillo
Nick Name : Erin
Birthday : March 11, 2000
Current City/Country : Quezon City, PHI
City/Country of Birth : Manila, PHI
Current Club : PCA Stingrays
Current Coaches : Luica Dacanay & Lou Abrenica
Past Club : None

Past Coaches: Caloy Garcia & Antonio Guibani

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Junior Philippine National Swimming Records (LC)

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50m Butterfly

16-18 Girls

00:28.06

PH Swim LC National Championships 2016, PHI

07.17.16 - Present

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50m Butterfly

14-15 Girls

00:29.44

50th Malaysia Invitational Age-Group, MAS

04.12.14 - Present

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100m Butterfly

14-15 Girls

01:04.41

01:04.91

Palarong Pambansa 2015

46th Singapore Age Group Championship, SIN

05.07.15 - Present

03.22.15 - 05.07.15

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50m Butterfly

13 & Under Girls

00.29.68

Palarong Pambansa 2013

04.23.13 - 10.24.15

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100m Butterfly

13 & Under Girls

01.06.15

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.07.13 - 10.23.15

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200m Butterfly

13 & Under Girls

02:26.13

02:27.57

4th Speedo G-League NCR Leg 1

37th SEA Age Group Championsip, BRU

08.31.13 - Present

06.09.13 - 08.31.13

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200m IM

13 & Under Girls

02:33.36

4th Speedo G-League National LC Championship

12.22.13 - 11.29.15

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400m IM

13 & Under Girls

05:26.27

4th Speedo G-League National LC Championship

12.21.13 - 11.28.15

       

SEA Age Group Swimming Championship Career Highlights ( 3 Bronzes )

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Bronze

50m Fly 13 & U Girls

00:30.43

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.08.13

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Bronze

100m Fly 13 & U Girls

01.06.15

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.07.13

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Bronze

200m Fly 13 & U Girls

02:27.57

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.09.13

   
 

Describe yourself :
I believe very much in working hard, especially when it comes to balancing studies and swimming. I always tell myself that if something seems difficult, nothing is impossible to someone who knows and is willing to work hard. I am also that type of person who will do anything to get something, specifically my goals. If there is something wrong in trying to reach it, I would always find a way to get through it. As a student-athlete I am focused, serious, and competitive, but I also like to have lots of fun. When I go to training, inside the pool I can be serious but when training’s over, I can also be silly and funny. That also goes with competitions.

What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise others?
People usually tell me that they’re scared to talk or go near me because they think I only am friends with people I am close to, but I like it when I make new friends. And once you’ll know me, I can be funny and crazy at times. I also love to eat and I think of food all the time !

What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport of swimming?
At first I tried gymnastics, but then my parents thought that maybe it might be a bit too much for me at such a young age. I was around 3 years old, when they first “threw” me into the pool and saw I was having a good time and that I never wanted to leave. They decided to enroll me in the BLSS Learn to Swim. By the time I was 5, I tried at my first novice meet. When I joined the novice meet, the coach of PCA said that he would love for me to be on the team. So when I was 6, that was the start of slowly building the swimmer who I am today.

During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why? 
Not really, because when I started swimming, the purpose was so that I had an after school hobby. My parents thought that they wanted me to have an after-school activity. I never even imagined that I would love the pool. This happened perhaps because I have no siblings and being in the water everyday, I slowly realized that the water is like my sibling and I love it. So when I was 10, I slowly started setting goals for myself.

What do you think are the factors that make you a successful swimmer?
My parents. They support me all the way and I know that they will/are proud of me whether I do good or bad. They would make sacrifices to help me become the greatest swimmer that I can be. They also motivate me to become better at what I do. They always believe that I can and I will always do my best, and I will not let anything get in the way of working towards my goals.

My coaches. They are the ones who correct me not only in swimming but also in my life. The coaches I have and had teach me lessons not only related to swimming but they also impart to me important life values. They may give us deadly workouts, but trust me, they know what they’re doing because they were once swimmers/athletes too, and in the end, it will be worth it and we would thank them. They are actually helping us face our challenges.

My friends and competitors. One reason why I like going to competitions is because I get to see my friends. They are people who motivate me. Without them I wouldn’t improve my times and it is nice how we would push each other to go past our limits.

Above all is God. Whatever I am able to do it is because of His grace and help. He always guides me every single day and I pray to Him so that I will always make good choices and I will always do my best in whatever I do.

What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer? 
Probably my most memorable experience was when I joined the 37th South East Asian Age Group last 2013 in Brunei. That was the 2nd time I joined that competition (first was in Palembang, Indonesia) but the first time I got to win medals for my country. I got to bring home 3 bronze medals and I got to break 2 junior national records for the first time. I was so honored and blessed to have experienced this because I really like representing and competing for my country. It may not be the biggest international meet but it was still a great honor and I knew that if I continue to work hard, it was just the beginning.

Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other goal(s) as a swimmer?
I would like to motivate others. I mean whichever part of the world you are in, even for us who are here in the Philippines, do not lose faith in yourself. Let’s set goals for ourselves but we also have to be willing to do anything to reach it. It may need a lot of sacrifice and hard work, but we will reap our rewards. With all these said, I would love to be part of the Philippine Team and swim in Sea Games, Asian Games, Worlds, and the Olympics.

Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming? Why?
Near the end of 2013, my father unexpectedly passed away. With his loss, it was really hard to swim/compete thinking that one of my greatest supporters is gone. For months after that, I did not do very well. There were nights that I would worry about my swimming and our life. I really wanted to help my mom and not be a burden to her. But I reminded myself that there are many life lessons that swimming teaches me and those life lessons are what will prepare me for a good future. My swimming too can be a way I will have more opportunities and a chance for further training and a good education.

Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
I look up to my parents as my models for hard work. I also look up to my coach because of her commitment. Seeing them all sacrificing to guide and help me achieve my dreams makes me want to give back to them too by performing my best as a swimmer and as a student.

Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?
I do stretching and core workout. It helps to prepare me and wake up my muscles. I also try my best to eat what is healthy. I also listen to my music. Listening to music makes me calm down. It helps me focus and visualize my swim. I would also talk to my coach before I swim and we would review our goals and strategies.

Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be like you.
“Don’t be afraid of failure, this is the way to succeed” – Lebron James
“Work hard in silence. Let success make the noise”
“Don’t run away from challenges, run over them” – Joan Benoit Samuelson
“You can’t put a limit on anything” – Michael Phelps

Message to your supporters :
Let’s always keep in mind that there is no shortcut to our dreams. There is no sport where you can have a good time and take it easy. In each sport, all athletes have their own kind of sacrifice. If you really want to achieve your goal, whether big or small, it really needs hard work, sacrifice, discipline and responsibility. Also always remember the true meaning of being a “winner”. It means beating your old self. Winning means making yourself better than you were before.

         

2016 International Results

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4th

00:29.31

50m Fly 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

4th

01:05.03

100m Fly 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

4th

03:59.64

4x100m Free Relay

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

6th

00:31.66

50m Back 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

7th

00:28.03

50m Free 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

7th

01:01.78

100m Free 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

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2015 International Results

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5th

00:29.51

50m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.05.15

5th

01:05.13

100m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.04.15

5th

04:04.29

4x100m Free Relay Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.05.15

5th

04:33.97

4x100m Medley Relay Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

7th

00:28.65

50m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

7th

01:01.97

100m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

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4th

04:05.45

4x100m Free Relay Finals

7th ASEAN School Games, BRU

11.24.15

5th

04:36.48

4x100m Medley Relay Finals

7th ASEAN School Games, BRU

11.25.15

6th

02:28.37

200m IM Finals

7th ASEAN School Games, BRU

11.25.15

7th

01:04.92

100m Butterfly Finals

7th ASEAN School Games, BRU

11.23.15

9th

02:32.13

200m Butterfly Prelims

7th ASEAN School Games, BRU

11.24.15

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18/20

04:39.74

4x100m Medley Relay Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.30.15

41/66

00:29.45

50m Butterfly Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.27.15

44/55

01:05.09

100m Butterfly Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.29.15

51/72

00:28.43

50m Freestyle Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.29.15

52/74

01:01.43

100m Freestyle Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.26.15

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2014 International Results

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6th

01:06.40

100m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.06.14

7th

02:32.38

200m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.08.14

7th

02:35.21

200m IM 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.06.14

8th

00.28.74

50m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.07.14

8th

00:30.57

50m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.07.14

9th

05:32.10

400m IM 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.07.14

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2013 International Results

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Bronze

00.30.43

50m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.08.13

Bronze

01:06.15

100m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.07.13

Bronze

02:27.57

200m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.09.13

9th

00:29.71

50m Freestyle 13 & Under Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.09.13

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2012 International Results

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4th

02:36.18

200m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12

7th

00.31.07

50m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.02.12

7th

01:09.03

100m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.01.12

8th

00:30.69

50m Freestyle 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12