Six more Filipino swimmers have beaten the 2014 Asian Games qualifying mark after surpassing the 5th place finish in the 9th Asian Swimming Championships (ASC) held in Dubai last November 15–25, 2012.
Leading the pack is 19 year-old swimmer Fahad Alkhaldi who exceeded the qualifying marks of both 200m and 400m Freestyle events.
Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna also hit the QT in the 200m Freestyle event, while Banjo Borja and Matt Navata hit the 200m Breaststroke QT mark.
Myanmar SEA Games medalist, Josh Hall, beat the qualifying mark of the 50m Breaststroke event, while Jose Joaquin Gonzalez surpassed the qualifying time of the 200m Backstroke event.
Fahad, the younger brother of Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi, clocked 4:26.26 in the 500 yards Freestyle event at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in USA last February. This clocking is equivalent to 3:58.80 when converted to 400m Freestyle LC time; and beats Japan’s Tomoki Kitanobo’ 3:59.62 fifth placement time in the said event.
At the 2014 NCAA Division 2 Championship last March, Fahad again delivered another sterling swim in the 200Y Freestyle event with a time of 1:38.22, which is 1:52.25 when converted to LC time – milliseconds faster than Kevin Yeap’s 1:52.64 fifth place time in ASC 2012.
Olympian Jessie Lacuna has also surpassed Kevin Yeap’s time in the 200m Freestyle event after registering 1:51.76 at last year’s FINA World Championship.
The Bulacan bullet again beat the 1:52.64 mark of Kevin Yeap at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Singapore last November with his converted time of 1:50.06, and again beat it at the Myanmar SEA Games with his time of 1:52.33
Banjo Borja and Matt Navata on the other hand have surpassed the 2:17.06 ASC fifth place time of Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin in the 200m breaststroke event, with their converted times of 2:15.18 clocked at the 2014 NCAA Division 2 Championships and 2:16.72 clocked at the 2014 SEC Championship.
Joshua Hall’s 28.48 clocking at the FINA World Championship last year was enough to beat Japan’s Kazuki Kohinata’s 29.04 ASC’s fifth placement time; while veteran SEA Games campaigner, Jose Joaquin Gonzalez, clocked a 200m Backstroke converted time of 2:04.60 at the MPSF Swim & Diving Championship in USA last February, which exceeded the 2:07.12 ASC fifth placement time of Taipei’s Shih Chieh Lin.
Jasmine Alkhaldi on the other hand was still able to beat the 5th placement times of the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle ASC 2012 events.
So far, seven Filipino swimmers have already surpassed the 17th Asian Games qualifying standards based on the 5th placement clockings of the 2010 Asian Games and 2012 Asian Swimming Championships.
More swimmers will still try to qualify for a slot at Philippine team as they still have until August 16 to qualify for the Incheon Asian Games.
Click here to see the top 5 times of all swimming events of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China and 2012 Asian Swimming Championships in Dubai; and how our Filipino swimmers fare compare to these times.