Fil-Am Texas student swims to top 10 ranking in state

By Ricky Dellinger, Balitang America North America Bureau

June 20, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A 15-year-old Fil-Am swimmer from San Antonio, Texas swam his way into numerous first places in recent swimming competitions.

Martin, grabbed a 1st place medal for the 100-yard breast stroke in Texas’ UIL 5A High School Swimming and Diving Championships held in Austin last month. He also won two first place awards at another international swimming meet in Corpus Christi last weekend.

Martin’s winning time of 56.04 broke all existing records within the San Antonio district and the South Texas region, and ranked as the 10th highest all-time record in the state’s 5A competition.

His wins garnered him automatic High School All-American Honors and a Winter Senior Nationals spot in Washington State.

Martin told Balitang America in a Skype interview that his achievements are a reminder that he’s on track to reaching his goal of competing in the Olympics one day.

“My step for swimming is to make it to Nationals, hopefully the World Champs, and eventually to swim in the Olympics,” he said.

He added: “I would be honored, as well as ecstatic, to join the Filipino swim team. It helps me out a lot with making it to my ultimate goal of making it to the Olympics some day and to represent my country the Philippines.”

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