Visayas Region’s junior swim superstar, Alexi Kouzenye Cabayaran, broke Jasmine Alkhaldi’s 13 & Under Philippine Junior national record in the 100m Freestyle event at the recently concluded 2019 PSI Long Course Grand Prix – Visayas Qualifying leg last Friday, May 31, 2019.
En-route to her 11-13 Girls 100m Free gold medal finish, the in-coming grade 7 student, clocked a new junior national record time of 1:00.79, erasing Alkhaldi’s 1:01.53 record clocked at the 1st Philippine Olympic Festival Championships in Manila in 2016.
“I’m so happy and humbled of this new achievement. I just actually knew today that I broke the 100m Free 13 & Under Junior National Record of the 100m Free event,” said Cabayaran.
“I got starstrucked and shy swimming head to head with my idol, Nikki Pamintuan. But I was so motivated and inspired by her to swim fast; probably the reason why I broke the record.” she added.
The twelve-year-old swimmer of Silay City, Negros Occidental is the lone swimmer who has ever broken a national swim record at any of the 2019 PSI Long Course Grand Prix qualifying legs.
She finished the PSI Grand Prix Visayas Qualifying Leg with a five-gold medal sweep.
Apart from wining the gold of the 100m Free 11-13 Girls event, she was also victorious in the 50m Free (29.13), 200m Free (2:21.02), 50m Back (31.81) and 100m Back (1:12.62) events.
Yet to turn 13 years old this October, Edmund Chua’s swim protege hopes to further improve her times, break more 13 & under junior national record, and be able to represent our country, the Philippines, at the international stage.
She currently swims for Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club, and is one of the FINIS Ambassadors.