There is no stopping Desirae Mangaoang as she set another Philippine Swimming National Record, this time breaking the Women’s 100m Breastroke seniors record at the 2019 Indianapolis Speedo Sectionals in Indianapolis, USA Saturday morning.
In the morning prelims, sixteen year-old Mangaoang reset Imelda Corazon Wistey’s 1:11.36 national record in the 100m Breast event, with her new record time of 1:11.05
She finished second to 2017 SEA Games 100m Breast gold medalist, Jing En Phee of Malaysia, who clocked 1:09.71 in the prelims.
Swimming in lanes 4 and 5 in the evening finals, Rio Olympian Jing En Phee proved to be far more experienced, finishing 1:09.59 to take the gold, while Mangaoang taking the bronze with 1:11.66. Janessa Matthews took the silver with 1:09.70
Both will surely meet again in Clark, Philippines this December, at the 2019 SEA Games.
Mangaoang, whose parents are from La Union, also reset the 16-18 Age Group Junior national record, breaking Jacklyn Pangilinan’s 1:11.72 junior record clocked in 2003.
She is now the Seniors national record holder of the Women’s 100m and 200m Breaststroke events, and the 16-18 Age Group Junior national record holder of both events.
Sixteen year-old Mangaoang is set to debut for Team Philippines at the up coming 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Cambodia this June 28-30, and is the early favorite to sweep the gold medals of all breaststroke events in the 16-18 Age Group.
Meanwhile, another foreign based swimmer, Kristine Pataray, is also currently seeing action at the Indianapolis Speedo Sections.
Pataray clocked 27.63 in 50m Free, 28.86 in 50m Fly, 1:12.74 in 100m Fly, and is yet to swim the 100m Free event on the last day of the championships today.