Seventeen year-old Georgia Peregrina broke the 26-year-old 200m Backstroke Philippine Swimming National Record of Akiko Thomson at the NSW Senior State Age Championships in Sydney, Australia last December 19, 2018.
Peregrina set a new Philippine record time of 2:16.33 en route to her gold medal finish, erasing Thomson’s record of 2:16.44 clocked at the 25th Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain in July 31, 1992.
Akiko Thomson’s 200m Backstroke record is her last standing Philippine record that has been broken.
Her 50m and 100m Freestyle Philippine national records set in 1989 and 1992 were broken by Christel Simms in 2008.
Her 200m Individual Medley record set in 1993 was broken by Erica Totten in 2009; while her 100m Backstroke record set in 1992 was broken by Dorothy Grace Hong in 2011.
Thomson’s 200m Bakstroke national record which lasted for 26 years has finally been broken by Peregrina, a Grade 12 student of Sydney’s Lower North Shore.
Peregrina, whose father is from Marikina and mom from Australia, started swimming when she was eight years old and trains with Knox Pymble Swim Club in Sydney.
She registered with Philippine Swimming Incorporated last year, with hopes of making a splash at this year’s Southeast Asian Games and qualifying at this year’s World Championships and next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
Peregrina’s 2:16.33 new 200m Backstroke Senior Philippine national record is also the new 16-18 Age Group Junior Philippine national record, erasing Chloe Kennedy Anne Isleta’s 2.17.19 record clocked in 2015.
At the same meet, she also set a new 16-18 Age Group Junior Philippine national record in 200m Butterfly event, with a new record time of 2:17.09, eclipsing Nicole Justine Marie Oliva’s 2:18.15 record clocked in July 2018.
Apart from her new seniors and juniors national record, Peregrina went home with silver medals in the 200 IM and 400m IM events with a time of 2:18.70 and 4:57.21; and 4th place finish in 100m Back and 100m Fly with times of 1:05.05 and 1:03.11 respectively.
Georgia Peregrina, along with his elder brother Thomas Peregrina, are currently busy preparing for the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, Australia set on April 7-12; a qualifying event for this year’s Gwanju World Championships and Manila SEA Games, and next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.