Meet Arizona’s 17-year-old Fil-Am swim champ
by Fleur Magbanua-Mansur, ABS-CBN News
ANTHEM, AZ — For two consecutive years, 17-year-old Fil-Am John Carlo Lovullo received two gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle swimming competition in Arizona, making him the fastest in the Grand Canyon State in his age group.
“I feel really good because my parents, of course, encouraged me to do it. And I had to work hard to get there. So it feels pretty good when you earned it and stand on the block with the gold medal,” John says.
Lovullo’s mother has been hands on with his training since he was eight years old, signing him up for swimming competitions where quickly dove in like a fish to water.
“He got into swimming because he was so tired of soccer, and I asked him you’re gonna do something and he said yeah I want to try swimming and that’s when he got hooked up with swimming. Since then he liked swimming because he kept winning and winning,” said his mom Marissa.
Lovullo stands 5 feet and 11 inches. Although not the tallest in his group, he has defeated swimmers who are bigger and taller than him. Head coach of the Anthem Dolphins, Scott Newell, explains why.
“He’s got big feet, and strong legs, and really good under water kick. That’s really the best attribute that he has going, that’s why he is so successful.”
For Lovullo and his mom, the Olympics istheir ultimate goal.
“My dream for him is — I hope he will continue swimming and hopefully he likes to go to the Olympics- that’s my dream for him. I hope he will continue loving swimming,” said his mom.
“I wanna try to get to where Michael Phelps is at. And try you know to run luck to know them. I want to try to get around that. I want to have all my friends here with me we can be the next generations of swimmer.”
And according to Lovullo’s coach that dream won’t be impossible to achieve — he says Lovullo is just two-steps away from qualifying in the Olympics.