Jessie Lacuna breaches PH Asiad standard at SEA swim champ day 1


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.

Click here for the Full Schedule and Results of the 2nd Southeast Asian Federation Swimming Championship

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3 thoughts on “Jessie Lacuna breaches PH Asiad standard at SEA swim champ day 1

  • June 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hiroshi im not sure if times from last year count and also thought it might be the asian games 5th place performance.

    • June 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      it would be better to have the asian games 5th place performance as the QTA, while the asian championship 50 performance as QTB… if a swimmer gets a QTA, then she/he gets a ticket automatically.. if the swimmer achieves QTB, then maybe 2 event or 3 event QTBs can get him/her an asian games slot.. :)

      • June 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        BTW, if all other SEA Countries will use the 2010 Asian Games Top 5 times as qualifying time, no SEA Swimmer will qualify for the 200m Free event.. even the fastest swimmer in SEA won’t qualify.. that’s how tough it is.. :)


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