FRESHMAN SEASON (2018-19)
Earned fifth place in his first meet against UCONN and Navy in the 200-Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:53.76 ... Finished in seventh place in the 200-Yard Backstroke and eighth place in the 100-Yard Backstroke against Florida with times of 1:55.45 and 52.32 ... Touched the wall in 1:55.91 and 52.28 in the 200 and 100-Yard Backstroke against Kentucky to finish in sixth and eighth place ... Finished in fifth place against Loyola and SMU in the 100-Yard Backstroke with a time of 50.94 ... Finished in 13th place at the Art Adamson Invitational in the 200-Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:48.66 ... A fifth and sixth place finish against Incarnate Word and Delta State in the 200 and 100-Yard Backstroke with times of 1:53.09 and 50.78 ... Swam the 200-Yard Backstroke in 1:52.91 against Texas A&M to place fifth and the 100-Yard Backstroke in 51.08 to finish in seventh place.
PRIOR TO LSU
Set his high school record in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 100-yard backstroke ... Helped team earn both district and regional championships in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 ... Placed second and fifth in the 100 back and the 100-yard butterfly with times of 49.65 and 50.97, respectively, at the 2017 Texas UIL 6A Region Championships ... Finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.51 at the 2017 Texas 6A State Championships ... Touched the wall second and fourth in the 100 back and the 100 fly with times of 49.79 and 50.50, respectively, at the 2018 UIL 6A Region 3 Championship ... Was named a 2018 NISCA All-America ... Swam for Westlake High School and Nitro Swimming
Born on August 18, 1999 ... Parents are John Velasquez and Laurie Newton ... Has three siblings - Nicco, Ava and Lauren ... Majoring in business.