Amid not being able to deliver a podium finish so far at the 2nd Southeast Asian Federation Swimming Championship in Singapore, national swimmer Hannah Dato has displayed great form and clocked impressive times in the past three days of the championship.
The Philippine National Games multiple medalist delivered close to podium-finish performances yesterday after finishing fourth in both 100m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley events.
Nineteen year-old Dato clocked an impressive 100m Butterfly time of 1:02.06 in the evening finals, just 13 milliseconds off from equaling the 1:01.93 bronze medal time of Singapore’s Meagan Lim.
Her new 100m Fly best time is SEA Region’s 6th best time this year, below Singapore’s Tao Li (59.47), Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Anh (1:00.69), Singapore’s Shi Min Nur Marina (1:01.67), Malaysia’s Yap Siew Hui (1:01.78) and Megan Lim’s 1:01.93.
What’s also more impressive in Dato’s 1:02.06 clocking is that it is the second fastest time in the history of Philippine Swimming in the said event. Jasmine Alkhaldi currently holds the national record of 1:01.71, clocked at the FINA World Championship last year.
With this feat, Dato overtakes Marichi Gandionco (the former national record holder of this event) who had been the second fastest Filipina swimmer in women’s 100m Fly since December 2009 with her time of 1:02.42 set in SEA Games 2009.
Moreover, Dato’s 4th place time of 5:04.63 in the 400m Individual Medley finals is SEA’s 7th best clocking in the region this year, and is the second fastest time in the history of Philippine Swimming in women’s 400m IM.
Erica Totten currently holds the national record of this event (5:01.59) registered at the 2010 Asian Games.
Apart from these impressive feats, Dato also clocked 59.19 in the 100m Freestyle, 4:29.86 in 400m Freestyle, and 28.76 in 50m Butterfly; and she is slated to again strut her wares in women’s 200m Individual Medley event this Sunday.
Dato is the only female representative of Team Philippines in this year’s edition of the SEA Swimming Championship.
She is joined by national swimmers Axel Ngui, Franz Marquez and Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna who had breached the 2012 Asian Championship top 5 time in the 200m Freestyle event.
The 2nd SEA Federation Swimming Championship is so far dominated by Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.
Team Philippines still has to win a medal of any color at this year’s edition of the championship.
In the first edition of this regional championship (2012), Team Philippines ranked 6th among seven participating countries, bringing home a silver medal courtesy of Jasmine Alkhaldi in the 50m Butterfly event, and two bronze medals courtesy of Ryan Arabejo (400m Free) and Jasmine Alkhaldi (100m Free).