Cesar learned to swim in the Bronx at the New Settlement Community Center. When he was 16, he gave back to New Settlement, becoming a Lifeguard, earning his Water Safety Instructor certificate, and teaching children of all ages. Cesar is currently studying Therapeutic Recreation at Lehman College, with plans to work in hospitals with the disabled. He is also a member of Lehman's men's swim team - the Lightning Bugs - where he specializes in the 100 butterfly, the 100 Individual Medley, and the 1000 Freestyle. When he is not in the pool, Cesar enjoys to draw and play soccer.