After qualifying to the Philippine Swimming team for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, defending medalist Joshua Hall and relay QTA qualifier Xiandi Chua beg off from joining the prestigious biennial meet this August.
Hall, the defending medalist of the 50m Breast (silver) and 100m Breast (bronze) events, last saw action at the Scottish National Swimming Championships in June last year to qualify for Rio Olympics.
Since then, he has not joined a competitive meet (based on PinoySwimming dot Com’s records), so most likely the reason why he begged off from going to Malaysia.
In that meet though, he clocked 22.64 in 50m Breast and 1:02.84 in 100m Breast; which both have breached the QTA of this year’s SEA Games.
On the other hand, Xiandi Chua, who qualified via the 4x200m Free Relay event as the fourth swimmer, decided to give up her slot due to school commitments, the same reason why she had to skip the US training.
No confirmation also if she’s joining the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships this August, where she has hit the QTA, and is the second fastest qualifier, next to Nicole Oliva.
It’s sure though that she will be seeing action a the 41st SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Brunei this November.
From ten swimmers, the Philippine Swimming team bound to this year’s SEA Games is reduced to eight, with six female swimmers and only two male swimmers.
They are James Christian Deiparine, Jessie Khing Lacuna, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Roxanne Ahsley Yu, Rosalee Mira Santa Ana, Maria Aresa Lipat, Nicole Justine Marie Oliva and Nicole Meah Pamintuan.
Though Chua is not going to SEA Games; Rosalee Santa Ana, who have made it to the SEA Games team via the 4x200m Free Relay team, still get to keep her SEA Games slot with Pamintuan as the fourth member of the Team.
Pamintuan’s 200m Free time of 2:11.52 clocked at this year’s LC Nationals is still enough for the quartet to hit the 8:30.97 QTA via their combined time of 8:24.63