Eighteen year-old Georgia Peregrina has surpassed the bronze medal qualifying time of the 30th Southeast Asian Games after clocking 2:18.19 in the 200m Backstroke event at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, Australia, Wednesday afternoon.
With prelims time of 2:19.50, Peregrina clocked 2:18.19 in the afternoon finals to beat the 2:19.98 bronze medal time of the 29th edition of SEA Games.
This feat has made her the third Filipino swimmer to have beaten the 2017 SEA Games bronze medal time, which could possibly win her a ticket to this year’s SEA Games that we are hosting in December.
Nicole Oliva and Luke Gebbie have already achieved the SEA Games qualifying mark in the 200m Free and 100m Free events, respectively.
Meanwhile, in today’s morning prelims, Georgia clocked 2:20.52 in the Women’s 200m Butterfly, and has qualified in the evening finals tonight.
Set to debut for Team Philippines at the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Cambodia this June, Georgia is the lone Filipino swimmer in today’s action at the Australian Nationals.
Thomas Peregrina and Luke Gebbie, who are also swimming at this meet, didn’t have any events today; but will resume their campaign tomorrow, last day of the championships, in the 200m Back and 50m Free events respectively.
Georgia is also set to swim the 100m Back and 200m IM events tomorrow.