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.
Angelo Miguel "Migs" Escuin 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.
"It feels great knowing that I'm only 15 and I'm already ranked in the Top 10 fastest times, just seeing myself ranked up there with previous Olympians, even my coach was a former Olympian. This helps me remember I'm on track to making it to the Olympics someday," he said.
His next step? "My step for swimming is to make it to Nationals, hopefully the World Champs, and eventually to swim in the Olympics,” he said.
Martin is open to the possibility of joining the Philippine team.
"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," he said.