Lafayette, La (KADN) -- Lafayette high graduate Miguel Vasquez started swimming at two years old. The water feels like home.
"It's a battle with the water a battle with yourself," Miguel said.
After swimming at Centenary College of Louisiana Miguel is joining the Delaware State swim team this fall. He's as part of another new team. Last weekend he qualified for the Guatemalan National Team in the 100 meter freestyle. Growing up, swimming always helped Miguel clear his head when his dad was gone on national guard duty.
"Swimming allowed me to forget that he wasn't even there," Miguel explained. "I used to hear his voice on the side and he wasn't even there."
A couple years ago, Miguel tore his ACL and meniscus playing tennis and had to rehab for almost a year. He had to work hard to come back. However, it was all worth it make the national team and impress his grandma who helped him become a Guatemalan citizen.
"It's pretty special," Miguel said. "She was recently diagnosed with dementia. I don't know if she'll remember me when I go back but I am praying somewhere she knows that we did it."
Miguel's next goal is to qualify for the Olympics in 2024.