Paula Cayanan breaks Philippine national junior swimming record


Palarong Pambansa stand-out and now Japan-based Paula Anne Regine Cayanan broke the 50m Freestyle 14-15 Girls Philippine junior national swimming record at the West Shizuoka High School Swimming Championships in Honshu, Japan held last June 14-15.

Fifteen year-old swimmer Cayanan won the gold medal of the 50m Freestyle event with a time of 27.44, which broke the 27.86 twelve-year-old record of Heidi Gem Ong in the 14-15 girls age bracket.

The following day, Cayanan again dominated the 100m Freestyle event and won the gold medal of the said event after clocking 1:00.55 minutes.

Cayanan’s record breaking feat though, last Saturday, cannot be confirmed if it can be officially acknowledged as a new junior national record since she is not affiliated with PSI. But PinoyHeadline dot Com will still include her record breaking feat on our records along with Heidi’s record.

Her new 50m Freestyle best time has clinched her the TOP SPOT of the Women’s 50m Freestyle 2014 Philippine Swimming Ranking, dethroning Loren Dale Echavez who has assumed the Top Spot since April with her 27.70 time.

Also, her new 100m Freestyle best time has put her in the second position (from fifth rank) of the Women’s 100m Freestyle 2014 Philippine Swimming Ranking; overtaking Roanne Florence Yu, Hannah Dato and Loren Dale Echavez. Eighteen year-old Fil-am Prudence Rooker currently holds the top rank of the Women’s 100m Freestyle ranking with her time of 59.91

Cayanan is currently enrolled at the Kikugawa Nanryo High School in Japan, on an academic and athletic scholarship program, under the tutelage of former Philippine Swimming national head coach, Ryuzo Ishikawa.

Coach Ishikawa came to the Philippines early this year to hold a try-out for this scholarship program, where many local swimmers went to the Rizal Memorial Swimming pool to try-out.

Cayanan, along with Courtney Gray, Glycel So, Raegan Gavino and Catherine Bondad were chosen by Coach Ishikawa and were then offered with the scholarship, but only Cayanan, Gray and So pushed through with it.

The three are in Japan for a month now, and are currently enjoying their studies and training.

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