2004-2005: Eligible in the spring of 2005, he became one of the most valuable swimmers on the team ... Swam a 55.15 in the 100 breast at the ACC Championships, finishing fourth in the event and posting the fourth fastest time in the ACC ... His 55.15 was the second fastest time in school history and ranked 45th nationally in 2005 ... His 200 breaststroke time of 2:01.28 was 61st fastest in the country and sixth fastest in the ACC ... Swam the breaststroke leg of the ACC record setting 200 medley relay team that won the ACC Championship and qualified for the NCAA Championship ... Competed in the 2005 Maccabiah Games, the fourth largest international competition in the world, winning the 100 breaststroke by setting a Maccabiah Games record of 1:03.76 ... Finished the Games with two golds (100 breast, 400 medley relay) and one bronze medal (200 breast).
2003-2004 (At Penn State): As a sophomore, had the top time in the 100 breast (55.54) and 200 breast (2:01.08) on the team, both at the Big Ten Championship ... His 100 breast time was good for 10th place, while his 200 breast time came in ninth ... Swam in the 2004 Olympic trials, posting a 1:04.25 in the 100m breast ... Swam the breast stroke leg of the top Penn State time in the 200 medley relay (1:30.02) and the 400 medley relay (3:16.95) ... Swam a season best 2:01.79 in the 200 breast as a freshman, placing 10th in the event at the Big Ten Championship ... Posted a 55.93 that same year in the 100 breast, earning 12th place.
High School and Personal: Attended Good Council High School under head coach Jim Sclepo ... Earned state championship crowns in the 100 breast (56.37) and 200 IM (1:53.89) ... Swam for the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club and head coach Mark Eldridge, winning four junior national titles ... Was Academic All-Big Ten in 2003 ... Son of Jose and Andrea Velez, he has one brother, Michael ... His stepfather is Bob Waechter ... A psychology major.
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