Youth Olympian Nicole Justine Marie Oliva is the first tanker to qualify for the 30th Southeast Asian Games to be held in Clark City, Pampangga, Philippines this December 1-6, 2019.
At the TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, USA last night, Oliva timed 2:01.69 in the 200m Freestyle finals, wherein she surpassed the 2017 SEA Games bronze medal time of 2:02.02 clocked by our very own Jasmine Alkhaldi.
The Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission usually use the Bronze Medal time of the previous SEA Games as the qualifying standards for SEA Games, thus this makes Oliva as the first Filipino swimmer to have qualified to this year’s SEA Games.
At the same meet, Oliva also clocked 57.27 in 100m Free, 4:17.76 in 400m Free and 17:11.58 in 1500m Free. She still has to see action in the 800m Free and 100m Fly events tonight, hoping to qualify in more events in SEA Games this year.
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Other Filipino swimmers seeing action the said meet are Donovan Lahmann and Luke Anthony Pusateri.
Nineteen year-old Lahmann clocked 52.60 in 100m Free, 1:59.85 in 200m Free and 4:08.75 in 400m Free; while 17-year-old Pusateri clocked 30.07 in 50m Breast and 1:06.02 in 100m Breast.
Lahmann is set to see action in 50m Free tonight, while Pusateri in 200m Breast.
Meanwhile in Malaysia, Rafael Barreto and come backing swimmer Dhill Anderson Lee are seeing action at the 55th Milo/Pram Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships.
Barreto time 24.29 in 50m Free, 54.52 in 100m Free, 25.54 in 50m Fly and 58.09 in 100m Fly; while 28 year-old Lee clocked 26.26 in 50m Fly and 58.63 in 100m Fly.
Both the on-going TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, USA and the Malaysia Age-Group Swimming Championships are qualifying events for the 2019 SEA Games and the FINA World Swimming Championships in Korea this year.