Raissa Gavino breaks PH national swim record; Ilustre, Arcilla reset jr. swim records

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A week full of hope for Philippine Swimming!

Junior national swimming record holder Raissa Regatta Gavino clinched her first Philippine National Senior Swimming Record yesterday at the Hamilton Aquatics International Swim Meet in Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Fourteen year-old Gavino broke the 11 year-old 34.10 seconds 50m Breaststroke Philippine national swimming record of Jaclyn Pangilinan twice at the Dubai meet.

She first reset the record at the morning preliminary after clocking 34.05 seconds; and again reset the PH senior national swimming record to 33.98 seconds in the evening finals.

If available records are correct, Raissa Gavino, at age of 14, is the youngest Filipina swimmer to have broken a senior national swimming record in the history of Philippine swimming.

Marichi Gandionco was 15 years old when she broke the 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly Philippine National Records in 2004.

En route to Gavino’s first PH Senior Swimming National record, she has also reset her Girls 14-15 Junior national record of 34.36 clocked last June at the 38th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship in Singapore.

Gavino is also the junior national record swimming holder of the 50m Breast, 100m Breast and 200m Individual Medley Girls 13 & Under age group.

Meanwhile, Jose Mari Sebastian Arcilla and Maurice Sacho Ilustre continued their junior national record breaking spree at the Batang Pinoy National Swimming Championship in Bacolod early this week.

Arcilla, who earlier clinched his first junior national record at the 6th ASEAN School Games last week, clocked his second Boys 14-15 junior national record; this time erasing the 29.07 seconds 7-year-old 50m Backstroke record of Michaelmars Danila set at the 27th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship in Philippines.

The new Boys 14-15 50m Backstroke record now stands at 29.02, by Arcilla.

Not just that, Arcilla again reset his first junior national record of 2:14.46 in the Boys 14-15 200m Individual Medley to 2:14.20 minutes.

Sacho Ilustre on the other hand again reset his 1:59.68 Boys 14-15 200m Freestyle record to 1:59.60; and at the same time trimmed down by more than a second his 2:09.97 Boys 14-15 200m Butterfly record to 2:08.04

He failed to reset though his 58.12 Boys 14-15 100m Butterfly record, after only clocking 58.16 at the Batang Pinoy swimming championship finals.

More Philippine national record breaking opportunities await our swimmers today and the coming days, as Raissa Gavino, Catherine Bondad, Coleen Limsui and Jeremy Bryan Lim continue their campaign today at the Hamilton Aquatics International Swim Meet in Dubai, UAE; while twelve of our senior swimmers start their campaign at the 17th ASEAN University Games in Palembang, Indonesia.

Representing Philippines at this year’s ASEAN University Games are Aldo Batungbacal, Pierce Beltran, Jessie Lacuna, Axel Ngui, Getty Reyes, Giancarlo Silva, Denjylie Cordero, Hannah Dato, Celina Gonzalez, Ariana Herranz, Kimberly Uy and Roanne Yu.

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Note : The fastest Women’s 50m Breaststroke times for a Filipina swimmer this year which also surpassed the PH Senior National Swimming Records are 33.49 by Imelda Corazon Wistey (Iowa Speedo Championship Series) and 33.77 by Denjylie Cordero (77th UAAP Swimming Championship)

Both times though were clocked while they were still not members of the Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI), thus won’t count as the official Philippine Swimming National Record.

Twenty year-old Fil-am swimmer, Imelda Corazon Wistey, is now officially a member of Philippine Swimming Incorporated along with her 18-year-old sister Kaitlin Wistey.

No words yet if the Cordero sisters are now official members of the Philippine Swimming Incorporated.

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