If Vietnam has 18 year-old Vien Nguyen Thi Anh, looks like Philippines has found someone who can give this Vietnamese mermaid a run for her gold medals in the future SEA Games. And she is no other than the 16 year-old Fil-am swimmer Chloe Kennedy Anne Isleta.
Both ladies excel in Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley events; but Chloe being two years younger than Vien Nguyen, still has some “catching-up” to do to dethrone this Vietnamese mermaid in the 2015 SEA Games.
The good news though is, Chloe has already clocked 2015 SEA Games qualifying standard times in three events – 200m Back, 200m IM and 400m IM.
Her 2:18.91 time in 200m Backstroke is faster than the 2013 SEA Games silver medal time of 2:20.35 set by Indonesia’s Yessy Venesia Yosaputra; while her 4:56.27 clocking in the 400m Individual Medley event has also beaten the silver medal time of 4:59.49 set by Ressa Kania Dewi of Indonesia.
On the other hand, her time of 2:18.47 in the 200m Individual Medley event is faster than the 2013 SEA Games bronze medal time of 2:20.38 set by Singapore’s Meagan Lim Shen Hui.
With all these times, Chloe Isleta has just joined the ranks of Jasmine Alkhaldi, Roxanne Ashley Yu, Josh Hall and Maxime Rooney who all have beaten the 2013 SEA Games bronze medal time, and have most likely clinched a spot at the Philippine team seeing action in the 2015 SEA Games in June.
In our brief exchange of comments with Chloe’s mom in the Pinoy Headline dot Com FB Page, her mom said that they are currently processing Chloe’s dual citizenship, and once they have her PH passport, they will eventually apply for PSI membership.
Her mom has reportedly communicated with PSI three weeks ago. So hopefully Chloe’s PSI membership will soon be processed in time for 2015 SEA Games.
To give you an idea of the potential of this kid, here are her complete 2014 best times:
27.36 – 50m Freestyle (2014 SEA AG Top 5 time)
59.40 – 100m Freestyle (2014 SEA AG Top 5 time)
2:08.21 – 200m Freestyle (2014 SEA AG Top 5 time)
4:36.68 – 400m Freestyle
9:23.49 – 800m Freestyle
32.24 – 50m Backstroke
1:05.39 – 100m Backstroke (2014 SEA AG Top 4 time)
2:18.91 – 200m Backstroke (2013 SEA Games Silver medal time & 2014 SEA AG Silver medal time)
29.82 – 50m Butterfly
1:03.95 – 100m Butterfly
2:24.83 – 200m Butterfly
2:18.47 – 200m IM (2013 SEA Games Bronze medal time & 2014 SEA AG Silver medal time)
4:56.27 – 400m IM (2013 SEA Games & 2014 SEA AG Silver medal time)
It is interesting to note that her 200m Individual Medley time of 2:18.47 has surpassed the current Philippine national record of 2:21.00 set by Hannah Dato at the 2nd Southeast Asian Federation Swimming Championship in Singapore last June 22, 2014
Her 4:56.27 time in the 400m Individual Medley event has also surpassed the 4-year-old Philippine national record of 5:01.59 set by Erica Totten at the 2010 Asian Games in China on November 14, 2010
Moreover, her clockings in the 200m Back, 200m IM and 400m IM events are currently the 3rd fastest times among SEA swimmers so far this year; while her 2:18.47 time in the 200m IM has already surpassed the 2015 World Championship qualifying B standard time of 2:18.67
If everything goes well, and Chloe gets to process her dual citizenship and PSI membership by this year, she will most likely represent Philippines in the 2015 SEA Games, swimming side by side Youth Olympian Roxanne Ashley Yu in the Backstroke events, with national record holder Hannah Dato in the long distance Free and Individual Medley events, and then be part of our relay time along with Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi and the rest of the girls.
One main concern though is that based on our research, Chloe was part of the 36-member CA-NV All-Stars squad who who traveled to Osaka, Japan in February this year to join the short course meters dual meet against the Itoman Junior National All-Stars.
The squad selection was reportedly based on their performances at the 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals, 2013 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals, and the 2014 Winter Sectionals.
We are not sure if Chloe was representing “USA” in that dual meet, or just an All-star squad on a club level.
If she represented USA in that dual meet, the process of changing the country of affiliation would be a lot difficult since according to FINA rules, swimmers who have represented his/her country in an international meet need to establish a 1-year residency if he/she plans to change his/her country of affiliation.
Meaning, if Chloe has represented USA in that dual meet, and would like to change her country of affiliation to Philippines, she would need to establish a 1-year residency in the Philippines in order to officially change her country of affiliation.
Pinoy Headline dot Com hopes and prays that that dual meet in Japan was just a club level competition so her change of country of affiliation would be a lot easier and faster; just in time for the 2015 SEA Games.
Meanwhile, Chloe also has an elder sister, Czsarina Dawn Marie Isleta, who specializes in Breaststroke events.
Pinoy Headline dot Com is still trying to get hold of her LC results, though we already have her result in the 200m Breast which is 2:46.36