Philippine Swimming Incorporated announced today that swimmer Roxanne Ashley Yu has officially earned a slot at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China this August.
Seventeen year-old Yu is among the 200 female swimmers from around the world who qualified and have been selected by FINA, the international swimming federation, to see action at the prestigious Olympic games for the youth.
Since the International Olympic Committee and FINA set a strict quota of 200 female and 200 male swimmers at the 2nd edition of the game, youth swimmers from around the world had to go through a rigid selection process amid hitting the YOG qualifying standard times.
With three QT swims under her belt (1 QTA and 2 QTBs), Yu successfully defied the grueling selection process and got the nod to represent the Philippines in Nanjing.
Yu, who is training at the British International School Phuket High Performance Swim Academy, hit the 200m Backstroke QTA at the 57th Malaysia Open Swimming Championship in May with her time of 2:19.53; and also hit the 100m Backstroke QTB at the same meet with her time of 1:05.50.
In March of this year, she also hit the 50m Backstroke QTB at the 45th Singapore Swimming Championship after clocking 31.03
No words yet though if she will be swimming in all three events in Nanjing YOG. Or maybe, she gets an automatic slot in all three events where she achieved the qualifying times.
Meanwhile, swimmers Kirsten Chloe Daos and Jethro Roberts Chua failed to make the 2nd YOG cut amid achieving qualifying times.
Fifteen year-old Daos delivered a 200m Butterfly QTA swim (2:22.37) at the 38th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship in Singapore last June; while Chua clocked a 200m Freestyle QTB swim (1:55.62) at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in China July of last year.