Luke Pusateri
Luke Pusateri

SKAGIT VALLEY, Washington – Filipino-American swimming prodigy Luke Narvadez Pusateri broke four Skagit Valley YMCA team records at the Northwest Region Short Course Age Group Championships held in Federal Way, Washington on March 22-24, 2013.

Pusateri, 11 years old, set team records in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 35.84 seconds and placed second in the competition; 100 breaststroke, one minute and 21.1 seconds, fourth place; 200 individual medley, two minutes and 38.86 seconds, fifth place; and 100 individual medley, one minute and 12.35 seconds, sixth place.

The Skagit Valley Herald reported that several of the Skagit YMCA team records had stood since 1988.

Pusateri’s performance in two other swim events also set personal-best times. He placed 10th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.06 seconds, and also 10th in the 100 freestyle with a time of one minute and 3.76 seconds.

More than 1,000 swimmers from six states competed In the Northwest Region age group championships. In Pusateri’s 10-11-year-old boys’ division, more than 50 swimmers joined the competition.

In the Washington State YMCA Championships held on Jan. 26, 2013 also at the King County Aquatic Center, Pusateri also broke state records in three events as he dominated the swimming competition for children in age 9-10 division.

Pusateri, who will celebrate his 11th birthday on April 16, set new state records in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 29.36 seconds, in the 50-yard breaststroke by clocking 37.06 seconds, and in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of one minute and 12.93 seconds.

He also garnered first place in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking one minute and 05.06 seconds.

In the same competition, Pusateri’s brother PJ, eight years old, also garnered first places in two events in the competition for children with ages eight and under.

He finished the 25-yard freestyle in 16.19 seconds and the 50-yard freestyle in 37.06 seconds to bag the gold medals. PJ garnered second place in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 23.98 seconds.

Luke and PJ’s father, Melvin, is a retired US air force major. He is a Filipino-American, who is from Tarlac. Their mother, Dr. Rowena Narvadez Pusateri, a pediatrician, hails from Calabanga, Camarines Sur.