One of Philippines’ future swimming superstars, Roxanne Ashley Yu, stamped her class anew as she won a gold and a silver at the recently concluded 57th Malaysia Open Swimming Championship in Kula Lumpur, and finally hitting the 2014 YOG A qualifying standard time.
Seventeen year old Roxanne swam her way to winning the gold medal in the 200m backstroke event with a new personal best time of 2:19.53, which also surpassed the 2:19.77 YOG qualifying standard A time, making her the first Filipino youth swimmer in the second edition of YOG to hit the A standard mark.
Roxanne added a silver medal finish in the 100m backstroke event with her time of 1:05.50.
She’s the only Filipino swimmer who delivered a podium finish among 6 Filipino swimmers who saw action in the Malaysian Open, a qualifying swim meet for the 2014 YOG.
Ariana Herranz, Sofia Beatrice Guanio, Jethro Roberts Chua, Francis Alvin Marquez and Rafael Sta. Maria also showed great forms in the said tournament.
With their performances in the Malaysia Open, Ariana Herranz now ranks 2nd in all backstroke events of the national Philippine ranking, while Sofia Beatrice Guanio has shown an improved form which could now be considered a threat in the local breaststroke events. She now ranks 3rd in both 50m and 100m breaststroke events, and 4th in the 200m event.
Another promising youth swimmer, Rafael Sta. Maria, now takes the top spot in the 50m freestyle national ranking, 2nd in the 100m butterfly ranking, and 3rd spot in the 50m fly and 100m free national rankings.
2014 YOG qualifier, Jethro Roberts Chua, now claims the 2nd spot in the 400m freestyle ranking.
Francis Alvin Marquez has also improved his national rankings in the freestyle, backstroke and individual medley events.