Veteran age-group campaigners Roxanne Ashley Yu, Catherine Bondad and Jethro Roberts Chua surpass the 2014 Youth Olympic Games B standards when they registered impressive times at the 37th Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championship in Brunei and 2nd Asian Youth Games in China this year.
Sixteen year old Yu surpassed the YOG B standard times in both 100m and 200m Backstroke events.
At the 37th SEA AG Championship, Yu registered a bronze medal time of 1:06.89 in 100m Backstroke and a silver medal time of 2:24.12 in 200m Backstroke, enough to surpass the B standard times of 1:06.92 and 2:24.66 in 100m and 200m backstroke, respectively.
Qualifying A standard times for the 100m and 200m backstroke events for girls in the 2014 YOG are 1:04.66 and 2:19.77.
The Palarong Pambansa most bemedalled swimmer this year, Catherine Bondad, also surpassed the B standard time of the 100m Backstroke event after winning the silver medal in the 27th SEA AG Championship Girls 14-15 Category, where she clocked 1:06.61.
Cagayan de Oro’s Jethro Roberts Chua is the first male swimmer to surpass the 2014 YOG B standard time.
At the 2nd Asian Youth Games in China last July, Chua clocked 1:55.62 in the 200m Freestyle event, enough to surpass the YOG B standard time of 1:57.54. Standard A time for 2014 YOG in the 200m Freestyle boys event is 1:53.57.
Eligible for entry at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China are swimmers born between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1999 (15 to 18 years old swimmers).
Although Yu, Bondad and Chua have already surpassed the YOG B standard times, we still have to confirm if they have already qualified for next year’s YOG since both the 27th SEA AG Swimming Championship and the 2nd Asian Youth Games are not among the 2014 YOG Qualifying meets listed on FINA Website. (List of YOG Qualifying Meets)
Only registered times in the YOG qualifying meets will be honored by FINA.
On the other hand, achieving the qualifying standard time does not automatically give the right to participate in the Youth Olympic Games.
FINA will still have to confirm by 20 June 2014 the participating swimmers, up to the total number of 140 boys and 140 girls, in accordance with the FINA Qualifying Standard Times and FINA Points Table.
For countries like Philippines which did not finish in the Top 16 by total FINA points at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, only 4 swimmers (2 boys and 2 girls) are given berths at the 2014 YOG even if the country has more than 4 swimmers who surpassed the qualifying time standards.
If a country do not have swimmers who meet qualification standard time: one (1) boy and one (1) girl can be entered regardless of times.