A number of veteran Filipino youth swimmers are seeing action at the 45th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships this week, gunning for a slot in the Philippine team who will see action at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China this August.
This week’s Singapore national swimming championship as well as the Malaysia national swimming championship this April are the only 2014 YOG qualifying swim meets in the SEA region.
Swimmers have to equal or surpass the 2014 YOG qualifying times in order to qualify for a slot at the Olympic Games for the youth. And they need to do that swim at either the Singapore or Malaysia national swimming championship.
Gunning for a Youth Olympic Games berth are swimmers Roxanne Ashley Yu, Jethro Roberts Chua, Raissa Regatta Gavino, Romina Rafaelle Gavino, Roman Rafael Gavino, Jeremy Bryan Lim, Gerard Christoffe Reyes, Dominiq Ruth Reyes, Kirsten Chloe Daos, Alberto Batungbacal, Beatrice Batungbacal, Andy Canlas, Sofia Canlas, Rochmond Santos and Akiko Bareng.
All Pinoy swimmers seeing action at the meet are representing their respective clubs in this national championships.
Of all the Filipino Youth swimmers, three of them – Roxanne Ashley Yu, Catherine Bondad and Jethro Roberts Chua, have so far registered times that surpass the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Yu have already surpassed the qualifying B standard times in the 100m and 200m back stroke events, while Bondad surpassed the qualifying B standard time in the 100m backstroke event.
Chua on the other hand has surpassed the qualifying B standard time in the 200m freestyle event.
Those swims though where they surpassed the YOG standard B times were not qualifying swim meets for YOG, thus they have to register those times again either in this week’s Singapore meet or in next April’s Malaysia meet.
Swimmers 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).