PJ and Luke Pusateri
PJ and Luke Pusateri

SKAGIT VALLEY, Washington – Luke Anthony Narvadez Pusateri, a nine-year-old Filipino-American swimming prodigy, broke state records in three events as he dominated the swimming competition for children with ages 10 and under in the Washington State YMCA Championships held on Jan. 26, 2013 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.

Luke’s brother Peter Joseph (PJ), eight years old, also shone in the same tournament, pocketing the gold medals in two events of the competition for kids with ages 8 and under.

Luke, who will celebrate his 10th 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.[box type=”default” size=”large”] His younger brother also shines in tournament [/box]He also garnered first place in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking one minute and 05.06 seconds.

PJ, meanwhile, took 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. He garnered second place in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 23.98 seconds.

Luke and Peter were teammates in the 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Their team placed 3rd in both events.

Luke also stamped his class in the 2011 Pacific North YMCA Regional Swimming Championships held on March 5-6, 2011 also in the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

In that competition, he hauled home medals for four first places and four second places.

Luke is a member of the Family YMCA’s Chinooks team of Skagit Valley.

The parents of Luke and PJ are Dr. Rowena Narvadez-Pusateri and Melvin Pusateri. Rowena is a pediatrician, while Melvin is a retired US air force captain.

Melvin hails from Tarlac, while Rowena comes from Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

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