The long wait is over! US based swim sensation, Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, has officially submitted her Philippine Swimming membership application yesterday.
Fifteen year-old Oliva, who is yet to turn sixteen this December 20, has become the first Filipino swimmer early this year to have qualified for the 29th Southeast Asian Games after she clocked 4:17.59 in the 400m Freestyle event and 1:04.66 in 100m Back at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas USA, a Budapest LC World Championships qualifying meet.
Her new 400m Free best time has breached the 4:17.79 silver medal time of the 2015 SEA Games, clocked by Malaysia’s Khoo Cai Lin; while her 1:04.66 clocking in the 100m Back event has breached the 1:04.80 bronze medal time.
Her new 400m Free best time has also breached the Budapest LC World Swimming Championships’ QTB of 4:19.34 in the said event, making her the third Filipino swimmer to have qualified to the prestigious 17th FINA World Championships this July in Budapest,, along with James Christian Deiparine and Jasmine Alkhaldi.
It is not clear yet though if her time, clocked while she’s not yet a member of Philippine Swimming, would be considered as an official qualifying time for 2017 SEA Games and Budapest World Championships.
Currently swimming for Santa Clara Swim Club in USA, and being mentored by coach Allison Beebe (the coach of Rio Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel), Oliva continues her quest for Budapest World Championships and SEA Games slots at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis this March and Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa in April, both qualifying meets for Budapest Worlds.
She is also set to join the 2017 PhilSwim Long Course Age Group Swimming Championships in the Philippines this June.
Had Oliva applied for PhilSwim membership at early age, she could have been a current Philippine Swimming record holder of twenty (20) Junior Records and two (2) Senior Records.
Her best times clocked at age thirteen (13) are enough to break nine (9) current 13 & Under Philippine Junior Records.
(Best times at age 13 : 50m Free 27.67, 100m Free 1:00.35, 200m Free 2:11.96, 50m Back 31.31, 100m Back 1:06.57, 200m Back 2:26.90, 100m Fly 1:04.81, 200m IM 2:28.84 and 400m IM 5:24.47)
Her best times clocked at age fifteen (15) are enough to break nine (9) current 14-15 Philippine Junior Records, one Senior PH record (400m Free), and equaling one Senior Record (50m Fly)
(Best times at age 15 : 100m Free 59.03, 200m Free 2:04.12, 400m Free 4:19.28 (new PH Record), 800m Free 9:02.93, 50m Back 30.63, 100m Back 1:04.12, 200m Back 2:17.39, 50m Fly 29.47 (equals PH Record) and 100m Fly 1:04.02)
Her best times this year in the 200m Free (2:03.54) has broken the current 16-18 PH Junior Records, while her new best time of 4:17.50 in the 400m Free has broken both the 16-18 Junior Records and the PH Senior Records.
A warm WELCOME to Philippine Swimming Nicole! The entire swimming community is blessed that you have decided to swim for the country!