There is no stopping for the Philippine Junior Tankers in Cambodia as they continued to rake in medals on day two of the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships today; adding two gold, five silver and three bronze medals for the country, and surpassing last year’s gold and silver medal haul.
Junior World Swimming Championships’ veteran, Xiandi Chua, opened day two’s campaign with a bang; dominating the 16-18 Girls 200m Freestyle event with a new best time of 2:05.63.
At yesterday’s 4x200m Free Relay, Chua clocked 2:06.98 as the first swimmer of the junior’s relay team, and then successfully trimmed down her time today to take the 200m Free event gold.
Her new 2:05.63 new best time in 200m Free event is a very significant development for Philippine Swimming, as it strengthens our bid for the 2019 SEA Games gold medal in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay event along with Jasmine Alkhaldi, Nicole Oliva and Remedy Rule.
Apart from her gold medal win, Chua also delivered a silver medal performance in the 16-18 Girls 400m IM event with a time of 5:00.72, while Georgia Peregrina took the bronze with 5:04.11
Peregrina, who won the 100m Back gold yesterday, finished third in the 200m Backstroke event with a bronze medal time of 2:21.14
Making a statement on day two is another Junior Worlds’ veteran, Miranda Renner, this time winning the Gold medal of the 16-18 Girls 50m Butterfly with a time of 28.33
This is her third individual medal at the championships after taking the 50m Free silver medal, and 100m Fly bronze yesterday.
SEA Games bound Desirae Mangaoang added a silver medal to her collection, placing second in the 16-18 Girls 100m Breastsroke event with a silver medal time of 1:12.30; while Samantha Baños displayed another silver medal performance, placing second in the 14-15 Girls 50m Butterfly event with a time of 29.02
Not to be downed by her unfortunate disqualification yesterday, Mishka Sy braved today’s competition in the 14-15 Girls 200m Backstroke event, displaying an emphatic silver medal finish amid swimming in the heat 2 of the said event; taking the silver medal in 2:24.26 seconds.
Meanwhile, Mindanao swimmers Liaa Margarette Amoguis and Ivo Nikolai Enot stole the show on day two of the competition as they did not only deliver medals for the country, but both petite swimmers broke the Philippine Junior National records.
A junior national record holder at age eleven (11), Liaa Amoguis shone the brightest in today’s competition, delivering the silver medal in the 13 & Under Girls 400m IM event with a new Philippine Junior national record time of 5:16.01
She has successfully reset her 5:19.62 junior record in this event, which she clocked at last year’s SEA AG in Laguna, Philippines at age eleven (11).
She will definitely be back again next year, still swimming at the 13 & Under division; and nobody knows what this kid can still do for the country.
Not to be shadowed by his fellow Davaoeño, Ivo Enot won his second medal at the championships, this time in a junior national record breaking fashion; successfully resetting the 18-year-old record of Michaelmars Danila in the 13 & Under 200m Backstroke event.
Enot trimmed down Danila’s 2:20.75 record to 2:20.61 and take the bronze of the 200m Back event.
After day two of the championships, the Philippine Swimming Junior National Team has already delivered one (1) Seniors National Record, four (4) Junior National Reocrds; and won 5 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals; easily surpassing our 4 gold an 10 silver medal haul last year.