The future of Filipino swimming made a big splash, at the 14 and under Southern California Swim Junior Olympics Championships this past weekend.
Among the ranks: dual US-Philippine citizen Daniel Verdolaga, who is nationally ranked in the top 10 of his age group for several races.
It feels real good, trying my hardest out there, getting my times, pretty good.
Recently turning 13, he’s among the youngest competitors in the 13-to-14 age group; however, he continues to excel, reaching his future cut status over the weekend.
“It feels like all my training and all the swimming that I’ve done, all the hours that me and my parents have put in, I feel like its worth it.”
In the girl’s division, Angelica Benitez of Fusion and Bethany Garcia have continued dominating as 12 year olds.
The two friendly Pinay rivals faced off in the 200-meter individual medley finishing first and second.
But the talk of this meet was 14-year-old Fil-Am swimmer, Ronald Dalmacio of Rose Bowl Acquatics, who broke several records during the three day meet.
While this event brings in over a thousand youth swimmers from throughout the Southland, for Filipino competitors, it is also time to meet up with their fellow Pinoys who share their passion for the pool.
In the total team championships, Nova which proudly has many Filipino swimmers won the team championships.
“It feels pretty good knowing that everyone from the Philippines is all in the same boat, all swimming together, and helping each other out.”