Philippines’ budding swim superstar, Desirae Mangaoang, shattered the 15-year-old Philippine Swimming National Record of the Women’s 200m Breaststroke event at the 2019 Indianapolis Speedo Sectionals in Indianapolis, USA Thursday evening.
Seeded fifth going to the evening finals, Mangaoang stormed her way to a silver medal finish with a new Philippine national record time of 2:32.04, erasing Jaclyn Pangilinan’s 2:33.38 record, clocked at the 29th Olympic Games in Athens, Greece last August 2004.
With her new national record, Mangaoang is considered the top contender for the 200m Breast Gold (16-18 Age Group) at the upcoming 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Cambodia this June.
Her time has also breached the 2017 SEA Games bronze medal time of 2:32.41, which could possibly win her a ticket to the 30th Southeast Asian Games this December, if the said meet would be considered as a SEA Games qualifying meet.
It is also equivalent to 765 FINA Points which makes her the top female swimmer candidate for the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary this August.
The sixteen-year-old swimmer, who is turning 17 this year, is also inching closer to hitting the 2:31.02 QTB of the 18th FINA World Swimming Championships in Korea this July.
She still has until June to hit the QTB.