Fil-am swimming sisters, Czsarina Dawn Marie Isleta and Chloe Kennedy Anne Isleta, are set to apply for Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) membership by October this year.
Their mom, Cecille Waller, has informed Pinoy Headline dot Com today that they have just finished processing the girls’ passports at the Philippine Consular office in San Francisco, USA; and that their PH passports will be mailed to them in 4 to 6 weeks.
With this development, both Czarina and Chloe are expected to officially become members of PSI by end of October or by November this year if the process of switching their country of affiliation (from USA to Philippines) will go smoothly; thus making them eligible for Team Philippines’ 2015 SEA Games selection.
Just like the previous SEAG Team Philippines’ selection process, it is expected that the 2015 SEAG Task Force will still use the bronze medal standard times of the previous SEA Games (2013 Myanmar SEA Games) as the major criterion in making it to the Philippine Team in next year’s SEA Games in Singapore.
So far, of the two Isleta sisters, only Chloe has surpassed the bronze medal standard times, and has most likely booked her slot for 2015 SEA Games.
Chloe’s 2:18.91 time in the 200m Backstroke has surpassed both the bronze and silver medal times of the 2013 SEA Games set by Singapore’s Meagan Lim Shen Hui (2:21.19) and Indonesia’s Yessy Venesia Yosaputra (2:20.35); so as her 4:56.27 time in the 400m Individual Medley (2013 SEAG Silver is 4:59.49, Bronze is 5:01.74).
Her 2:18.47 time in the 200m Individual Medley has also surpassed the 2013 SEA Games bronze medal time of 2:20.38 set by Singapore’s Meagan Lim Shen Hui.
It is interesting to note that all three events where Chloe has breached the bronze medal standard times were won by Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Anh Vien who grabbed 3 gold, 2 silver and a bronze at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games. The 18-year-old Vietnamese mermaid will be Chloe’s toughest contender for the gold medal in Singapore next year.
On the other hand, amid not yet hitting the bronze medal standard times, elder sister Czsarina registered impressive times in the breaststroke events where she currently ranks first in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke 2014 national ranking with her 2:39.44 clocking; and third in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke ranking with 1:16.51.
The bronze medal standard time for 100m Breast is 1:12.68 set by Thailand’s Phiangkhwan Pawapotako last 2013 SEA Games; while it’s 2:34.27 for the 200m Breaststroke set by Samantha Louisa Yeo Ginn of Singapore.
The good news is, since 2015 SEA Games is set in June next year, Czarina and all other Filipino swimmers still have until March or April next year to equal or surpass the bronze medal standard times.