Four Philippine tankers kick-off their campaign today at the 18th FINA World Swimming Championships in Gwanju, Korea from July 21 to 28, 2019.
Spearheading the team in Gwanju are World Championships veterans James Christian Deiparine and Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, who are back at the world stage after debuting at this prestigious global meet in Budapest, Hungary two years ago.
SEA Games medalist and national record holder Deiparine will be seeing action in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke events; while Youth Olympian and national record holder Oliva is set to take the plunge in the 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle events.
Joining them are Luke Michael Gebbie and Remedy Alexis Rule who are set to represent the country at an international stage for the first time.
Both national record holders, Gebbie is swimming in the 50m and 100m Freestyle events, while Rule is seeing action in the 50m and 100m Freestyle as well as the 100m and 200m Butterfly events.
Rule is set to open our campaign today in the Women’s 100m Fly event, swimming in Lane 3 of Heat 3 (Total of 6 Heats); and then followed by Oliva in the Womens’ 400m Free event, swimming in Lane 8 of Heat 3 (Total of 5 Heats).
Deiparine is the last swimmer to see action on day one, taking the plunge in the Men’s 100m Breast, swimming in Lane 4 of Heat 4 (Total of 9 Heats).
Oliva, Rule and Gebbie qualified to the world championships by hitting the “B” Qualifying Times of the championship, while Deiparine, who narrowly missed the QTB by 0.01 second, was awarded the fourth slot.
A national federation with less than four qualifiers is allowed to enter one additional swimmer to the team.
Apart from their individual events, the team is entered in the Mixed 4x100m Free and Mixed 4x100m Medley relays.
Here is the Team’s full schedule in Gwanju :
- 21.07.19 – Women’s 100m Fy (Remedy Rule)
- 21.07.19 – Women’s 400m Free (Nicole Oliva)
- 21.07.19 – Men’s 100m Breast (Jimmy Deiparine)
- 23.07.19 – Men’s 50m Breast (Jimmy Deiparine)
- 23.07.19 – Women’s 200m Free (Nicole Oliva)
- 24.07.19 – Men’s 100m Free (Luke Gebbie)
- 24.07.19 – Women’s 200m Fly (Remedy Rule)
- 24.07.19 – Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay
- 25.07.19 – Women’s 100m Free (Remedy Rule
- 26.07.19 – Men’s 50m Free (Luke Gebbie)
- 26.07.19 – Women’s 800m Free (Nicole Oliva)
- 27.07.19 – Womens’ 50m Free (Remedy Rule)
- 27.07.19 – Mixed 4x100m Free Relay
The team is being mentored by coach Sherwin Santiago, while PSI President, Lailani Velasco is their in Gwanju to attend the FINA Congress, and most importantly support the team.