Olympic swimmer and national record holder Jessie Khing Lacuna surpassed anew the Philippine Asian Games standard on day one of the 2nd Southeast Asian Federation Swimming Championship in OCBC Aquatic Centre in Singapore.
Twenty year-old Lacuna finished 5th in the finals of the 200m Freestyle event with a time of 1:52.52 minutes, which breached the 1:52.64 5th place time of Kevin Yeap in the 2012 Asian Swimming Championship (ASC).
Lacuna has already beaten this 2012 ASC 5th place time last year at the FINA World Championship where he registered a time of 1:51.76, and again surpassed it at the Singapore Swimming World Cup last November with a converted time of 1:50.06, and at the 2013 SEA Games with his 1:52.33 clocking.
His 1:52.52 clocking today has put him among the Top 10 SEA Swimmers in the 200m Free event, and is the best LC time among Filipino swimmers in the said event.
Breaching the Top 5 time of the 2012 Asian Swimming Championship is one of the factors that will be considered for the inclusion of the PH Asian Games squad, although breaching the Top 5 time (1:48.15) of the 2010 Asian Games gives the swimmer an automatic slot to the PH 2014 Asian Games team.
Minutes after Lacuna’s 200m Free swim, he again strutted his ware in the 200m Butterfly finals where he finished 5th with a time of 2:07.35.
UAAP Season 75 Rookie of the Year, Axel Toni Steven Ngui, finished sixth in the 200m Freestyle finals (1:57.09), while compatriot Franz Marquez failed to advance to the evening finals of the said event after clocking 2:01.98 in the morning preliminary.
Philippine National Games multiple medalists, Hannah Dato placed 7th in the 400m Freestyle finals with an improved time of 4:29.86
Team Singapore topped the medal tally on day 1 of the championship with 2 gold and 3 silver, followed by Vietnam with 2 gold and 2 silver, and Thailand with 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Competition resumes tomorrow at 9:00am for the morning heats, and evening finals start at 7:00pm.