Top swimmers of the Southeast Asian region come together as the battle of the region’s best swimmers start tomorrow at the 2nd Southeast Asia Swimming Championship, from June 17-22, at the newly built OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore, the venue of the 2015 SEA Games.
Representing Philippines are Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna and top senior swimmers Axel Toni Steven Ngui, Franz Marquez and Hannah Dato.
The Bulacan bullet leads Team Philippines’ participation to this prestigious biennial meet, as they left the country for Singapore yesterday along with Coach Liane Marquez, excited and ready to don the country’s colors.
This meet also serves as a qualifying event for Filipino swimmers for the upcoming 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea this year.
Swimmers who will register times within the Top 5 times of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, automatically get a slot for Team Philippines bound for Incheon Asian Games.
As of today, Jasmine Alkhaldi is the only swimmer who has beaten the top 5 time of the 2010 Asian Games. She has registered top 5 times in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle.
However, swimmers’ performance which also beat the top 5 times of the 12th Asian Swimming Championship in Dubai last 2012 will also be considered for the Asiad Team. However, these performances won’t get an automatic slot, but are still subject to the deliberation between PSI and the Asian Games task force.