Oliva snatches bronze at Santa Clara meet; hits World Champs & SEA Games qualifying times


3rd Youth Olympic Games finalist, Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, snatched the bronze medal of the Women’s 200m Freestyle event at the Santa Clara International meet in California, USA this morning; while at the same time hit the QTA of the 2019 SEA Games in this event, as well as the QTB of the 18th FINA World Championships in Korea this August.

Seeded 8th going to the finals, with prelims time of 2:03.03, Oliva fought her way to a podium finish with a bronze medal time of 2:01.10, her best time this season.

Kathryn Mclauhglin took the gold 1:56.48 and Broke Forde timed 1:58.94 to take the silver.

Oliva’s 2:01.10 season’s best time is also the fastest Women’s 200m Free time this season, narrowly beating Remedy Rules 2:01.54 time clocked this month at the TYR Pro in Bloomington, and Jasmine Alkhaldi’s 2:03.92 clocked last March at Singapore Age Group Nationals.

Chloe Isleta, who was also entered in the Women’s 200m Free event in Santa Clara, clocked 2:08.56 in the prelims.

Her time is the fourth fastest 200m Free time this season; enough for our Women’s 4x200m Free relay team of Oliva, Rule, Alkhaldi and Isleta to breach the 8:18.58 SEA Games QTA, with their combined time of 8:15.12

This made them a strong contender for the gold at the 2019 SEA Games.

Isleta and Oliva also saw action in the Women’s 200m IM event, where they finished 6th and 7th in the finals with times of 2:2099 and 2:21.86 respectively.

New junior national record holder, Jeremiah Lhea Tandingan also clocked 2:27.82 in the 200m IM event.

Jonathan Cook also advanced to the Men’s 100m Breaststroke finals, and finished 6th with a time of 1:04.15, the second fastest 100m Breast time this season.

Yesterday’s bronze medalist, Jard Hatch, clocked 2:08.57 in the 200m Fly and 2:08.65 in the 200m IM event.

Team Philippines’ campaign at this year’s Santa Clara International Meet ended with a silver and 2 bronze medals, one seniors Philippine national record and one junior Philippine national swim record.

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