Beaverton swimmer competes at Youth Olympic Games
Update: Mulcare swam at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. He finished 4th in the 200-meter IM, 8th in the 200-meter freestyle, and 8th in the 100-meter backstroke.
Beaverton, Ore. -- A local teenager is about to represent the United States in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Eighteen-year-old Patrick Mulcare swims for the Thunderbolts at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center. He's also about to start his senior year at Southridge High School.
He's one of four guys and four girls selected to swim for Team USA.
KGW caught Mulcare with him at one of his workouts.
"It's gonna be a great thing for me and for the team in general," he said.
Mulcare will swim six events at the Youth Olympics, everything from freestyle to backstroke and the individual medley.
Mulcare has been in big time events before. He set a meet record in the backstroke at a regional meet this summer, swam at the junior nationals and in 2012 when he was 16 years old he competed at the Olympic Trials.
His coach Linck Bergen says there have been some great swimmers to come out of the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in the past but, according to Bergen, there's something that sets Mulcare apart from other swimmers.
"Patrick's probably more versatile. The kid can excel at almost anything," Bergen said.
After high school, Mulcare plans to swim in college and he'll take a shot at making the Olympic team in 2016.