SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 14 – Filipino-American Luke Anthony Pusateri, 14 years old, of Mt. Vernon, Washington State, was named by USA Swimming as one of the top swimmers in the westernmost 13 states.
Luke Anthony is a son of Filipino American Melvin and Dr. Rowena N. Pusateri.
On June 16-19, 2016, USA Swimming celebrated diversity by inviting the fastest 9th and 10th graders from diverse backgrounds to two Zone Select Camps. The Western Zone Camp was held in Salt Lake City and featured 23 female and 17 male swimmers from across western United States.
“This is the most competitive selection process we’ve ever had,” said Audrey Bell, 2016 Camp director, “With over 10,000 of our 100,000+ athletes qualifying as ‘diverse,’ these 40 swimmers are truly the best of the best.”
In addition to pool training sessions run by coaches selected by USA-Swimming, the four-day camp provided motivational and educational opportunities specially designed for athletes of underrepresented cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic groups to develop the necessary leadership skills to achieve excellence in their sport and their home communities.
The complete list of Western Zone Select Camp selectees by state follows:
- Alaska — Maximus Addington (Anchorage)
- Breckynn Willis (Anchorage) and Arizona Rachel Johnson; California — Elisabeth Balicanta (Pleasanton)
- Emilio Camarillo (Chula Vista)
- Sofia Chavez -Varela (San Diego)
- Allison Yerim Cho (Valencia)
- Jonathon Chu (El Dorado Hills)
- Sydney Cordova (Roseville)
- Kayla Craft (Oakland)
- Ina Sofia Cuellar Andrade (San Diego)
- Selly Diallo (Pacific Grove)
- Brian Honng (Rowland Heights)
- Genna Lammon (Vacaville)
- Timothy Lee (Vacaville)
- Fion Quach (Lakewood)
- Dylan Sewell (Sacramento)
- Adonis Thomas (Oakland)
- Itzel Villa-Jiminez (Chula Vista)
- Jasmine Williams (Folsom)
- Emily Honng (Rowland Heights) and Zander Minano (Sylmar)
- Colorado — Mateo Gallegos (Centennial)
- Lars Hanna (Highlands Ranch) and Trinity Wilson (Colorado Springs)
- Hawaii — Nicholas Nakaya (Honolulu) and Jamine O’brien (Kahlui)
- Montana — Antoinette Popp (Kalispell)
- New Mexico — Derek Benavidez (Placitas) and Sefilina Maile (Albuquerque)
- Oregon — Leila Alejos (Portland) and Jensen Ervin (Portland)
- Utah — Hadlee Begay (Grantsville)
- Austin Butler (Spanish Fork) and Youlmin Choi (Salt Lake City)
- Washington — Isabel Chien (Seattle)
- Emma Huynh (Orting), Luke Anthony Pusateri (Mt. Vernon) and Nathan Ramey (Poulsbo)
- Wyoming — Tayiah Graves (Laramie).
USA Swimming is the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States. USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. USA Swimming is committed to a culture of inclusion and opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, age, income, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression and sexual orientation.