Chloe Kennedy Isleta hit the 30th Southeast Asian Games qualifying time of the Women’s 200m Backstroke event at the TYR Pro Swim Series Bloomington in Indiana, USA early morning today.
Clocking 2:19.32 in the morning prelims, Isleta finished 8th in the C Finals of the 200m Back event with a time of 2:19.57; with both times surpassing the 2017 SEA Games bronze medal time of 2:19.98.
She is now the second swimmer to have hit the QTA in the said event, after Georgia Peregrina clocked 2:18.19 at the Australian Open Swimming Championships last April.
With three months to go before the SEA Games qualifying period ends, Iselta and Peregrina could still not put their guards down as other swimmers – Roxanne Yu, Xiandi Chua, Bhay Newberry, Samantha Coronel and Remedy Rule could still possibly steal their slots in the Women’s 20m Back event.
Isleta also qualified in the D Finals of the Women’s 400m IM event where she finished 5th with a time of 5:03.39
On the other hand, Tokyo Olympic QTB swimmer, Remedy Rule, finished first in the C Finals of the Women’s 200m Freestyle event and clocked a 2019 World Championships QTB time of 2:01.54.
Her time though is a bit slower than Nicole Oliva’s 2:00.98 QTB clocked at the Pan Pacific Championships last August 2018; thus Oliva still holds the ticket of swimming this event at the World Championships in South Korea this July.
Her time has also breached the SEA Games QTA of 2:02.02.
Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi also saw action in the 200m Free event where she finished 5th in the D Finals with a time of 2:04.64
Rule and Alkhaldi then took the plunge in the 50m Fly event, clocking 28.52 and and 28.07 respectively.
In the men’s team, Jaden Olso timed 2:09.87 in the 200m Back event to enter the C Finals, and then finish in 6th place with 2:09.90; while Jean-Pierre Khouzam timed 2:17.61 in the said event.
Khouzam and Donovan Lahmann the saw action in the Men’s 200m Free event and clocked 1:54.48 and 1:59.18 respectively.