Possible team composition of Philippine swimming at Myanmar SEA Games

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Jasmine_AlkhaldiA lean and mean team is what POC is planning to send at this year’s 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar this December.

Initially, a strict “only gold medal potential athletes” was used as a criterion in the selection of Philippines’ delegation this year. But with the intervention of Senator Pia Cayetano, POC is allegedly now considering athletes who are either silver or bronze medal potential.

As the deadline of submission of SEAG entries moved to October 10, Philippine Swimming has submitted a list of swimmers to be considered for the SEAG team selection.

The list include Joshua Hall, Jessie Khing Lacuna, Charlie Walker, Ryan Arabejo, Johansen Aguilar, Jose Joaquin Gonzalez, Banjo Borja, Matt Navata, Axel Steven Ngui, Fahad Alkhaldi, Jethro Roberts Chua, Rafael Sta. Maria, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Dorothy Grace Hong, Anna Celina Gonzalez, and Hannah Dato.

Based on the results of various swimming events this year, local and abroad, below are the potential medalists of this year’s SEA Games:

Individual Events:

1. Matt Navaro (200m Breast – Gold & 400m IM – Bronze) *in reference to time in yards converted to LC*
2. Jasmine Alkhaldi (100m Free & 100m Fly – Bronze)
3. Joshua Hall (100m Breast – Bronze )
4. Banjo Borja (200m Breast – Bronze) *in reference to time in yards converted to LC*
5. Denjylie Cordero (200m Breast – Bronze or 4th place)

Relay Events:

1. Johansen Aguilar, Joshua Hall, Jessie Khing Lacuna, & Axel Steven Ngui (100m Medley Relay – Silver)
2. Jessie Khing Lacuna, Charlie Walker, Axel Steven Ngui & Jethro Roberts Chua (100m Free Relay – Bronze)
3. Jessie Khing Lacuna, Fahad Alkhaldi, Jethro Roberts Chua, & Axel Steven Ngui (200m Free Relay – Bronze)
4. Ma. Claire Adorna, Denjylie Cordero, Anna Celina Gonzalez, & Jasmine Alkhaldi (100m Medley Relay – Bronze)
5. Jasmine Alkhaldi, Ma. Claire Adorna, Anna Celina Gonzalez & Hannah Dato (100m Free Relay – Bronze)
6. Jasmine Alkhaldi, Catherine Bondad, Hannah Dato & Celina Gonzalez (200m Free Relay – Bronze)

With the above list, the Philippine Swimming team will be composed of 15 swimmers; 9 men and 6 women.

Men : Joshua Hall, Jessie Khin Lacuna, Johansen Aguilar, Charlie Walker, Banjo Borja, Matt Navata, Axel Steven Ngui, Fahad Alkhaldi, and Jethro Roberts Chua.

Women : Jasmine Alkhaldi, Denjylie Cordero, Ma. Claire Adorna, Anna Celina Gonzalez, Hannah Dato, and Catherine Bondad.

Rumor says that POC is inclined to limit the number of swimming delegation to only 5 athletes. Below is the possible team composition of Philippine Swimming’s 5 member team if converted times of our swimmers (Y to LC or SC to LC) will be used in the SEAG Swimmers’ Ranking:

1. Jasmine Alkhaldi (potential bronze medalist in 100m Free and 100m Fly)
2. Joshua Hall ( potential bronze medalist in 100m Breast)
3. Matt Navata (potential gold medalist in 200m Breast)
4. Banjo Borja (potential bronze medalist in 200m Breast)
5. Jessie Khing Lacuna (potential bronze for men’s medley events with Hall, Navata & Borja) OR Denjylie Cordero (200m breast – bronze)

If converted times of our swimmers won’t be included as reference, and strictly using swimmers’ LC results, these are the possible composition of our 5 member team:

A) Jasmine Alkhaldi, Joshua Hall, Jessie Khing Lacuna, Charlie Walker & Axel Steven Ngui

• Jasmine Alkhaldi (100m Free and 100m Fly – Bronze)
• Joshua Hall (100m Breast – Bronze)
• Men’s 100m Medley Relay (Walker, Hall, Lacuna & Ngui – Bronze)
• Men’s 100m Free Relay (Ngui, Hall, Walker & Lacuna – Bronze)
• Men’s 200m Free Relay (Ngui, Hall, & Lacuna – Bronze or 4th place)

Medal Tally | Gold = 0 | Silver = 0 | Bronze = 6 |

B) Joshua Hall, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Ma. Claire Adorna, Anna Celina Gonzalez & Denjylie Cordero

• Joshua Hall (100m Breast – Bronze)
• Jasmine Alkhaldi (100m Free and 100m Fly – Bronze)
• Denjylie Cordero (200m Breast – Bronze or 4th place)
• Women’s 100m Free Relay (Adorna, Cordero, Gonzalez & Alkhaldi – Silver or Bronze)
• Women’s 200m Free Relay (Gonzalez, Cordero, Adorna & Alkhaldi – Bronze)
• Women’s 100m Medley Relay (Adorna, Cordero, Gonzalez & Alkhaldi – Bronze)

Medal Tally | Gold = 0 | Silver = 1 | Bronze = 6 |

C) Joshua Hall, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Ma. Claire Adorna, Anna Celina Gonzalez & Hannah Dato

• Joshua Hall (100m Breast – Bronze)
• Jasmine Alkhaldi (100m Free and 100m Fly – Bronze)
• Women’s 100m Free Relay (Adorna, Dato, Gonzalez & Alkhaldi – Silver)
• Women’s 200m Free Relay (Gonzalez, Dato, Adorna & Alkhaldi – Bronze)

Medal Tally | Gold = 0 | Silver = 1 | Bronze = 4 |

With the above data, and considering the 5 slots POC is thinking for swimming; it is best to send 8 swimmers to this year’s SEA Games composed of swimmers in option A and option B (Hall, Lacuna, Walker, Ngui, Alkhaldi, Adorna, Gonzalez and Cordero).

Or a 9 member team :

with Jose Joaquin Gonzalez as the 9th to secure the silver medal in the 100m medley relay and 200m Free relay.

with Fahad Alkhaldi as the 9th to secure the 100m and 200m Free Relay

with Jethro Roberts Chua as the 9th to secure the 100m and 200m Free Relay

Well, well, well! The 15-member team is really the best option for Philippine Swimming:

Men : Joshua Hall, Jessie Khin Lacuna, Johansen Aguilar, Charlie Walker, Banjo Borja, Matt Navata, Axel Steven Ngui, Fahad Alkhaldi, and Jethro Roberts Chua.

Women : Jasmine Alkhaldi, Denjylie Cordero, Ma. Claire Adorna, Anna Celina Gonzalez, Hannah Dato and Catherine Bondad.

Since Denjylie Cordero is not a member of PSI, while Ma. Claire Adorna is branded as a PSL swimmer, the list could be cut to 13 swimmers.

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