Philippine national youth swimmers, Raissa Regatta “Raine” Gavino and Roxanne Ashley Yu, won silver and bronze on the first day of the 38th Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championship today in Singapore Sports School, Singapore.
Fourteen year-old junior national record holder Raine clocked 34.36 on her way to winning the silver medal of the 50m Breaststroke 14-15 Girls event.
Her silver medal clocking has also reset her 35.43 junior national record in the said event, slashing more than a second of her previous record.
What’s also notable on her feat is that she was seeded 6th in the said event, and she stormed her way to a silver medal finish to the delight of the Philippine contingent in the swim complex.
On the other hand, Youth Olympic Games qualifier Roxanne Ashley Yu, delivered a bronze medal for Team Philippines in the 100m Backstroke 16-18 Girls event, with an improved time of 1:05.28
Her new improved time is within the YOG B standard, and just few milliseconds to the A standard.
Another junior national record holder Kirsten Chloe Daos was few milliseconds short in winning a medal after placing 4th in the 100m Butterfly 14-15 Girls, but her 4th place clocking of 1:05.10 in the said event has reset her junior national record of 1:05.31.
SEA AG veteran Joshua Taleon was also few milliseconds short to a podium finish as he placed 4th in the 50m Breaststroke 14-15 Boys event with a “close to national junior record” time of 31.80; while Xiandi Chua salvaged a top 5 finish in the 100m Backstroke 13 & Under Girls with an improved time of 1:12.14
Team Singapore has dominated the first day of the championship with 13 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze; followed by Vietnam and Malaysia with 6 gold medals each.
Team Philippines ranks 6th on the first day of competition with 1 silver and 1 bronze, with Team Myanmar on a close 7th with 1 bronze.
Brunei, Cambodia and Laos failed to win a single medal on the first day of competition.