A total of seven (7) QTA swimmers and five (5) QTB swimmers are among the leading candidates for the Philippine national team selection of the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Phnom Phen Cambodia this June 28-30, 2019.
The swimmers who have surpassed the QTA selection times are Georgia Peregrina, Jerard Dominic Jacinto, Desirae Mangaoang, Rian Marco Triol, Miranda Cristina Renner, Jeremiah Tandingan and Athena Shannessa Chang.
Eighteen year-old Peregrina delivered the most number of QTAs, with five events; namely 100m Back (1:05.05), 200m Back (2:16.33), 200m Fly (2:17.09), 200m IM (2:18.70) and 400m IM (4:57.21). She also hit the QTB of the 100m Fly (1:03.11) event.
With two QTAs each are Jacinto and Mangaoang.
Jacinto, who will be swimming in the 16-18 Age Group, clocked QTA times in 50m Back (26.32) and 100m Back (56.72), while Mangoang in 100m Breast (1:11.05) and 200m Breast (2:32.04) events.
Jacinto also clocked a QTB in 200m Back (2:08.25), so as Mangoang in 50m Breast (33.70).
Delivering one QTA each are Tirol (16-18 AG 50m Breast / 29.54), Renner (16-18 AG 50m Fly / 28.55), Tandingan (14-15 AG 50m Free / 27.06), and Chang (13 & Under AG 800m Free / 9:31.23).
Tandingan also delivered a QTB in 100m Free (1:00.05), while a QTB for Chang in 200m Free (2:11.39).
Meanwhile, the five swimmers who clocked 2019 SEA AG QTBs are Xiandi Chua, Samantha Therese Coronel, Adrian Eichler, Luke Anthony Pusateri and Samantha Banos.
Eighteen year-old Chua delivered the most number of QTBs, with four.
She has surpassed the QTB of the 100m Free (58.91), 200m Free (2:09.16), 400m Free (4:29.37) and 200m Back (2:24.97) events.
Banos, who is turning 15 years old this year hit the QTB times of the 100m Fly (1:04.40) and 200m Fly (2:23.11) events.
With one QTB each are 16-18 Age Group Swimmers Coronel (100m Back / 1:06.65), Eichler (1500m Free / 16:26.47) and Pusateri (50m Breast / 29.73).
Last day of nomination for the 43rd SEA Age Group national team selection is on April 10; while the team composition will be officially announced on April 12.
Swimmers who have achieved QTA selection times will enjoy 100% funding from Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Swimming Incorporated; while QTB swimmers will have 30% funding.
The funding though does not include the air-fare from the province or from overseas to Manila, where the entire team will leave for Phnom Phen, Cambodia.
Just like last year, swimmers who have not achieved a QTA or QTB selection time, but rank 1st or 2nd in an event will also get the chance to be selected to the national team for the 2019 SEA AG. They will have to fund their stint to the championships though.