Team Philippines solidly held their grounds against the best swimmers in Asia, and went home triumphant with a silver, a bronze, one Junior Philippine National Record, thirty four Finals Appearances, and twenty New Best Times to boast; rounding up 18th among 30 participating countries at the 8th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships in Bangkok, Thailand from October 1-4, 2015.
Hannah Dato was the lone Filipino medalist at the most prestigious age group championships in Asia, delivering a silver medal in the 50m Butterfly Girls 18 & Above event with a time of 28.61, and a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly Girls 18 & Above event with a time of 1:02.55
PinoySwimming dot Com could not confirm if Dato’s win is the first for Philippine Swimming in this biennial Asian age-group championships, but her win is definitely a welcome development as we have not won a single medal in the 6th and 7th editions of the championships.
Also making his mark in Bangkok is 13-year-old Ethan Roy Go who is the lone swimmer who have clocked a new Philippine national record.
At the morning preliminary of the 200m Breaststroke Boys 14 & Under event, Go officially broke Gerard Bordado’s 14-year-old 2:36.97 Boys 13 & Under Junior Philippine national record with his 2:35.80 clocking.
In the evening finals, Go again trimmed down his record to 2:34.98, finishing 7th in a pool of 14-year old swimmers.
The pride of Aqua Razours Swim Club actually first broke Bordado’s record last August with his time of 2:36.11 at the Milo Little Olympics Qualifying Leg in Laguna. But because the meet was not a PhilSwim sanctioned meet, then the record could not be considered official.
Making the most number of Finals Appearances among the 18-member PH Team was Althea Michel Baluyut, who figured in five Final events namely 50m Fly, 100m Fly, 200m Fly, 400m IM and Mixed 4×100 Freestyle Relay.
Axel Toni Steven Ngui, Phillip Joaquin Yu-Santos, Christian Sy, Jules Katherine Ong and Hannah Dato made four Finals Appearances in the 4-day meet.
Ngui has advanced to the finals of the 100m Free, 200m Free, 800m Free and Boys 4x100m Free Relay; Santos in 1500m Free, 200m Fly, 400m IM and Boys 4x100m Medley Relay; Sy in 50m Back, 200m Back, 4x100m Medley Relay, and 4x100m Free Relay; Ong in 50m Free, 100m Back, 200m Back and Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay; and Dato in 100m Free, 50m Fly, 100m Fly and 200m IM.
Making a Finals Appearance in three events were Jethro Roberts Chua (200m Free, 800m Free & 4x100m Free Relay), Johansen Aguilar (50m Back, 200m Back & 4x100m Free Relay), and Keanne Cedric Ting (1500m Free, 4x100m Free & Mixed 4x100m Free).
Andrae Miguel Pogiongko, Kyle Nathan Barraza, Marco Austriaco and Moses Oliver Bito-onon made two Finals Appearances; while Jeremy Bryan Lim, Ethan Roy Go and Kirsten Chloe Daos made one Finals Appearance.
Swimmers who clocked the most number of Best Times in the championships were Marco Austriaco and Phillip Joaquin Yu-Santos with three new best times each.
Austriaco clocked his new best times in the 50m Free (26.23), 100m Free (57.40) and 200m Free (2:09.52); while Yu-Santos in the 1500m Free (17:19.80), 200m Fly (2:12.37) and 400m IM (4:52.79).
Clocking two new best times include Axel Ngui in 100m Free (52.11) and 200m Free (1:53.63), Jethro Chua in 50m Free (24.65) and 100m Free (53.05), and Keanne Cedric Ting in 1500m Free (17:37.01) and 100m Back (1:07.21).
Andrae Miguel Pogiongko, Miguel Karlo Barlisan, Christian Sy, Ethan Roy Go, Kyle Nathan Barraza, Moses Oliver Bito-onon, Jules Katherine Ong and Kirsten Chloe Daos all clocked one Best Times each.
Prelims results of the 50m Fly and 100m Free events though, for both Boys 15-17 and Boys 14 & Under age-group, have not been included in the Best Times tally since PinoySwimming dot Com could not get hold of the results.
Overall, of the 85 events entered, 34 events were Top 8 finish (Finals Appearance) garnering a 40% success rate; while of the 71 individual events entered (events with no prelims results already excluded), 20 events were finished via new Best Times, a 28.17% success rate.
Of the 18 members of the Philippine Team, 14 swimmers have made a Finals Appearance of at least one event, while 14 swimmers have clocked at least one Best Time; a new success rate record high (77.77%) for Team Philippines at the Asian Age Group Championships.
Most Valuable Players for Boys and Girls are Phillip Joaquin Yu-Santos and Hannah Dato; while the Runner-Ups are Marco Luis Austriaco, Axel Toni Steven Ngui, Jules Katherine Ong and Althea Michel Baluyut!
Special citations to Hannah Dato for being the lone medalist of PH Team, and to Ethan Roy Go for being the lone PH Record breaker.
Team Philippines in action at the 8th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships was mentored by coaches Archie Lim, Sherwyn Santiago and Jenny Guerrero, with Ms. Lailani Velasco as the muse, este, Team Manager.
Job very well done Philippine Swimmers!
Detailed Team Philippines’ CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS will be released this week!
Up next are the 7th ASEAN School Games in November, and 39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in December!
Ultimate target for these two meets is to WIN a MEDAL! Secondary targets are to advance to the Finals or a Top 8 Finish, and most importantly to deliver at least one Best Time.
Ariba Philippine Swimming! Let’s keep our improvement going!