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Heart of a Champ


BYU athlete Josue Dominguez (’23) swam his way to not one, not two, but three national records for his native Dominican Republic. At the VI Dominican Republic International Swim Open in April, Dominguez broke records for the 50- (28.14 seconds), 100- (1:00.68), and 200-meter breaststroke (2:15.14). Back in the United States, Dominguez holds BYU records for both the 100- (51.81 seconds) and 200-yard breaststroke (1:55.97). He was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s 2021 Men’s Swimmer of the Year.

BYU swimming coach Shari Clark Skabelund (BS ’81) told The Daily Universe, “He’s got a champion’s heart. Everything he does, he does [with] his whole heart and soul.” After qualifying to represent the Dominican Republic in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but postponing to serve a mission, Dominguez was, at press time, preparing to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.

Josue Dominguez comes up for air as he swims the breaststroke.
With breaststroke accolades reaching from BYU to the Dominican Republic, Josue Dominguez hopes to make a splash at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo by BYU Photo.

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