Patrick Mulcare could not have predicted that the best swimming performances of his young career would come in the days after a dense layer of smog inflamed his throat.
Mulcare, a USC commit, was in Nanjing, China in August for the Youth Olympic Games. Amid the challenges of time zone changes, hours upon hours of travel and adapting to the countryâ€™s unique bathroom facilities, he shined in his first-ever international competition.
Once he acclimated to his surroundings and the throat irritation subsided, he became a finalist in four of his five events at the games and set personal records for best times.
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