With hope of being part of the 2013 SEA Games delegation, national swimmer Hannah Dato registered impressive times in all events that she participated to stamp her class at the recently concluded FINA Swimming World Cup in Singapore Sports School, participated by world class swimmers around the world.
On the first day of the meet, 19 year-old Dato clocked 2:03.71 in the 200m Freestyle event (16th among 32 swimmers), and then came back to the pool to register 1:01.14 in 100m Butterfly, placing 11th of 22 swimmers.
In her last swim of the day, Dato placed 14th among 28 swimmers in the Individual Medley event with a time of 2:19.10.
Dato then came back to the pool the following day all fired-up, and registered an eye-popping time of 57.05 in 100m Freestyle; the second best time in women’s 100m freestyle history of Philippine swimming.
Joining Dato in the meet are Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna, SEA Games veteran Anna Celina Gonzalez, and rising swimming stars Roxanne Ashley Yu and Jethro Roberts Chua.
Lacuna was impressive in the 100m and 200m Freestyle events, with times of 50.49 and 1:49.06; while Gonzalez clocked 26.82 in 50m Freestyle and 1:02.59 in 100m Butterfly.
Though none of the swimmers advanced to the evening finals, all of them registered impressive times in the two day Singapore leg of this year’s FINA Swimming World Cup.
All five swimmers now await for POC and PSC’s decision if they will be part of Philippines’ swim team bound for Myanmar SEA Games.
Photo Credit : Joey Mendoza Jr.