Eight swimmers have officially qualified for the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships this August in USA, after delivering the required FINA Points in order to be named to the Philippine Swimming Team.
Top qualifiers are Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, Maurice Sacho Ilustre, Jexter Janzen Chua and Xiandi Chua who all delivered at least 690 FINA Points in a single event, the QTA set for this year’s Junior Worlds.
Oliva registered the highest FINA Points in an individual event among all eight qualifiers, clocking 2:02.07 in the Women’s 200m Free which is equivalent to 792 FINA Points.
Ilustre has 739 FP in 200m Fly, Jexter Chua with 713 FP in 50m Breast, and Xiandi Chua with 706 FP in 200m IM.
Hitting the QTB, which is set at 670 – 689 average FINA Points in two events, are Miranda Cristina Renner, Regina Maria Paz Castrillo and Rafael Barreto.
Renner secured an average of 675 FP via her 50m Free and 100m Free clockings, while Castrillo and Barreto delivered 673 FINA Points average each.
Castrillo in 50m Back and 50m Free, while Barreto in 100m Free and 100m Fly events.
Raissa Regatta Gavino completes our eight qualifiers, delivering a QTC (average of 660-669 FINA points in three events).
Her clockings in the 50m Breast, 100m Breast and 200m Breast events has secured her a spot at the PH Team, via her 660 FINA Points average.
Ilustre, Castrillo and Xiandi Chua were members of the Philippine Team at the previous edition of the Junior Worlds in Singapore.
Junior World Championships is for junior male swimmers aged 15-18 years old, and junior female swimmers aged 14-17 years old; with age by December 31 as the age of reckoning.
Meanwhile, US based swimmers Mia Isabella Thomas and Anika Buhr have also breached the required average FINA Points, with Thomas hitting the QTB and Buhr hitting the QTC, but their times were not registered at any selection meets for the Junior Worlds.
Philippine Swimming Incorporated plans to send four male and four female junior swimmers who have hit the qualifying criteria they have released.
All eight slots though need not be filled if less than four swimmers in each gender have achieved the minimum required FINA Points.
With the Junior Worlds being scheduled at the same week as the 29th Southeast Asian Games, qualifiers for the Junior Worlds may also be pulled out to beef-up the team for this year’s SEA Games, which is a major championship for Philippine Swimming.
Definitely, Nicole Oliva will be sent to Malaysia for the 2017 SEA Games, where she’s poised to deliver a podium finish.
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