Filip joining Warkentin at Open Water Nationals

Milo Filip has entered the 5-kilometer event at next month's U.S. Open Water Championships in Florida.

Laguna Blanca junior Milo Filip will try his hand at open water swimming next month.

He will compete in the 5k at the U.S.Open Water National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on June 12.

Filip is coached by U.S. Olympic open-water swimmer Mark Warkentin, who competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and is a former national champion. He will accompany Filip in Fort Lauderdale to swim in the 10k race.

To qualify for the national championships, Filip had to meet the time cut for the 1000-yard short-course event, which he did earlier this year at a club meet. He clocked 10:02.89, and the qualifying mark was 10:10.99

Swimming for Laguna Blanca, Filip posted a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:50.48) and a sixth in the 500 free (4:52.35) at the CIF Division 4 finals in April.