Fifteen-year-old Nicole Oliva is off to a good start in her Season 2017 campaign as she sizzled at the opening day of the Austin Arena Pro Swim Series in USA today, winning a slot at the Philippine team bound for the 17th World Swimming Championships in Budapest this July and 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia this August.
Oliva, who is yet to apply for PhilSwim membership this month, clocked 4:17.59 in the Women’s 400m Freestyle B Finals, placing 12th among 79 swimmers.
Her new 400m Free best time has breached the 4:19.34 QTB of the 17th World Swimming Championships, and at the same time surpassed the 4:17.79 SEA Games 2015 silver medal time of Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin.
She has now become the third Filipino swimmer who has hit the qualifying time of the Budapest World Swimming Championships.
Jasmine Alkhaldi became the first qualifier last year, where she beat the QTBs of the 100m and 200m Free events; followed by James Christian Deiparine who has beaten the QTBs of the 50m and 100m Breast events in Scotland.
Oliva, who just turned fifteen a few weeks ago, is set to receive her Philippine passports later this month, or early next month, and is already very excited to don the Philippine colors.
Apart from her improved time in 400m Free event, Oliva also clocked a new best time of 1:04.05 in the 100m Butterfly event.
She is set to see action again tomorrow in the 200m Free, 200m Back and 400m IM events; and then in the 100m Back and 200m IM events on the last day of the Austin swim series.