Filipino youth swimmers, Jethro Robert Chua and Roxanne Ashley Yu registered impressive swims on day two of the 45th Singapore National Age-Group Swimming Championship, beating the 2014 Youth Olympic Games qualifying B standard times.
Seventeen year-old Jethro Chua finished his 200m boys freestyle preliminary event with a time of 1:56.49, enough to surpass the 1:57.54 YOG B Standard time, while fifteen year-old Roxanne Yu clocked 31.03 in the 50m girls backstroke event, surpassing the 31.42 YOG B standard time.
Chua finished 12th among a pool of 120 swimmers in his event, while Yu ranked 5th among 64 swimmers who competed in the 50m girls backstroke event.
Yu could have advanced to the evening finals, but the Singapore Swimming Federation only allows two foreign swimmers to compete in the evening finals. Three Japanese swimmers and a Hong Kong Chinese swimmers ranked above Yu, thus she was not able to compete in the evening finals.
Chua and Yu are products of Philippine Swimming Incorporated’s youth program under Coach Pinky Brosas.
With their success in their early junior years in swimming, they were able to get a sports scholarship at the British International School Phuket (BISP) in Thailand, where they have been training now for about two years at the BISP High Performance Swim Academy under renowned coach, Simong Jones – the very person who has been preparing them as they try to qualify at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Although both Chua and Yu have already surpassed the 2014 YOG qualifying B standard times, it does not automatically give them the ticket to participate in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China this August.
FINA, the world governing body of swimming, will 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.
But they are most likely to represent Philippines in the 2014 YOG since FINA allows two swimmers (one boy and one girl) to represent a country in this prestigious meet regardless of times.
Countries though with more than 2 swimmers who equal or surpass the qualifying standard time can send a maximum of 4 swimmers in this Olympic games for 13 to 18 year old youth athletes.
Hoping to make it four for Philippines in this year’s YOG are swimmers Kirsten Chloe Daos, Jeremy Bryan Lim, Alberto Batungbacal and Gerard Christoffe Reyes who are also now seeing action at the Singapore meet.
Daos today clocked 1:07.74 in the 100m butterfly event which has a YOG B Standard time of 1:04.81), while Lim and Reyes clocked 58.60 and 1:01.28 respectively, also in the 100m butterfly with a YOG B Standard time of 57.37.
Batungbacal on the other hand registered a time of 2:19.34 in the 200m individual medley event which has a YOG B Standard time of 2:11.00.
All swimmers are still competing in the coming days in this week-long national age-group swimming championship trying to win a ticket to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Other youth swimmers who are also in action in this Singapore national championship to gain international exposure and experience high level competition are Raissa Regatta Gavino, Romina Rafaelle Gavino, Roman Rafael Gavino, Dominiq Ruth Reyes, Beatrice Batungbacal, Andy Canlas, Sofia Canlas, Rochmond Santos and Akiko Bareng.
The 45th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championship is a qualifying meet for the 2014 YOG.