Luis Escobar, OLY
Luis was born in Celaya, Mexico and at the age of 7 he was registered in the local recreational swim team of Club Brittania. He quickly developed the loved for the sport and the desire to pursue a career in the competitive world of swimming. At the age of 10 he became the State Champion in the 50 fly. During high school Luis moved to the city of Queretaro with the rest of his family where he continued to develop his swimming career, training under the directions of Carmen Escobar (his sister). With her, he made the finals at the 2004 Mexican Trials, placing 4th in the 200 IM (2:09.0) and 5th in the 400 IM (4:36.2). At the end of the season of 2004, Luis moved to San Luis Potosi to swim under the directions of Jack Roach for three years and with Cristobal Ruiz for five more years. During that time, Luis became the distance specialist that he is currently most known for, and simultaneously earning his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Luis is the first Mexican to swim under the 15:00 barrier in the 1500 FR SC (14:58.7) and under 15:30 FR LC (15:26.3). He represented the Mexican National Team for eight straight years, performing at various international level meets, such as 2008 Beijing Olympic Games; 2007 Melbourne, 2009 Rome, and 2011 Shanghai FINA World Championships; 2005 Itzmir, 2009 Belgrade World University Games; 2008 Manchester FINA World SC Championships; 2007 Rio de Janeiro, 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games; to name a few.
In the fall of 2012, Luis became the coach of Senior 2 group at the Etobicoke Swim Club. There, he coached multiple Age Group Provincial, Easterns and Age Group Championships qualifiers. In 2013-2014 he was rewarded with the “Coach of the Year” Award by Swim Ontario for the Boys 13-14 category. In the summer of 2015, Luis was part of the Team that won it all at the Ontario Age Group Provincial Championships in Ottawa.