Eighteen secondary tankers, all Palarong Pambansa 2019 stand-outs, have been chosen to represent the Philippines at the 11th ASEAN Schools Games which will be held at the Jatidiri Complex Swimming Pool in Semarang, Indonesia this July 19-22, 2019.
Spearheading this year’s campaign are last year’s medalists Samantha Therese Coronel and Thanya Angelyn Dela Cruz.
Coronel took the bronze of both 50m Back and 100m Back events; while Dela Cruz swept the bronze medals of all three Breaststroke events at the 10th edition of the games last year in Malaysia.
Fresh from his gold medal victory at the SEA Age Group Championships in Cambodia last month, Rian Marco Tirol is making his second appearance at the games, and is expected to deliver the goods for the country in Indonesia.
Joining them are 2018 veteran campaigners Mervien Jules Mirandilla, Keanne Cedric Ting, Eirron Seth Vibar, Camille Lauren Buico, Janelle Alisa France Lin, Juliana Marien Villanueva and Mary Sophia Manantan.
Making their debut for Team Philippines at the ASEAN Schools Games are John Neil Paredes, Jordan Ken Lobos, Miguel Barreto, Phillip Joaquin Santos, Raymund Vero Paloma, Steven Francis Ho, Mishka Sy and Micalea Jasmine Mojdeh.
All eyes are on the youngest swimmers in the team, Mishka Sy (14yo) and Jasmine Mojdeh (13yo).
Sy is fresh from her successful stint at the 43rd SEA Age Group Championships in Cambodia last month; while Mojdeh just reset her Philippine Junior National record and clinched the highest FINA Point award at the Grand Prix nationals early this month.
Their mettle will definitely tested this week as they go against older swimmers in the Southeast Asia region.
Mentoring this year’s team are Virgilio De Luna for the boys team, and Marichi Gandiongco for the girls team; along with Team Managers Leo Angelo Semarang and Buddy Arcangel.
Team Philippines’ last won a gold in swimming at the ASEAN Schools games in 2017, wherein the Team went home with 7 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals.
At last year’s edition, the team only managed to win a silver and six bronze medals, to rank 5th in the medal tally.
#Please note that only Palarong Pambansa Secondary Swimmers are traditionally selected to the PH Team in ASEAN Schools Games. Stand-outs in the Primary division will have to wait for their chance once they moved up to the Secondary Division.