Describe yourself :
To most people, I come off as a shy and mellow person, but my
mind is loud. Once I open up I can be goofy and according to my
family, even annoying at times.
What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise
Although I like to be laid back, I am very passionate and
competitive. I want to take advantage of my opportunities,
potential, and have no regrets.
What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport
My two sisters, brother, and I grew up near the Sheridan Beach
Club on Lake Washington. Ever since I was 3 years old, I liked
being in the water. My parents put me in swim lessons for safety
and I was eventually introduced to the “Mini Swim Team”. I raced
for the first time when I was 6 years old.
During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that
you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
The first time I watched elite level swimming was the 2000
Sydney Olympics when I was about 6 years old. I told my
grandparents that I wanted to represent the Philippines one day
and I never stopped believing in myself. Since then, I’ve worked
to be the best swimmer I could be and I have enjoyed the
What do you think are the factors that make you a successful
Just as in all areas of life, I believe it’s important to always
maintain a positive mindset and a strong work ethic. I am very
creative and like to focus on different ways I can become a
better swimmer, beyond just the traditional training methods. I
enjoy swimming and developed a passion for it. I am also blessed
to have the best parents in the world who have always placed my
siblings and I before them.
What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
At the “Apple Capital” in Wenatchee, Washington, my brother,
sisters, and I all swam on the same mixed relay.
Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other
goal(s) as a swimmer?
I would like to reach my full potential as a swimmer. I am proud
to be representing the Philippines and would like to earn as
many medals as I can for the country. At the same time, I would
like to inspire future Filipino swimmers and gain support for
Philippine swimming and sports.
Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming?
Yes, I played different sports growing up and did not always
just want to swim. But, I had to make the decision to focus on
one sport if I wanted to be successful and be the best I could
Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
I don’t look up to any particular swimmer. I am inspired by
those swimmers who give it everything they have no matter the
circumstance. Ones who will always get back up when things may
not always go their way.
Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a
swim? What are these?
Besides getting my mind and body right for racing, I like to
listen to music, hang out with my teammates, and watch races.
Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be
Enjoy going after your dreams and learn from your experiences.
No reason to doubt yourself, nobody knows where you might end
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