Philippine swimming national record holder Remedy Rule debut for the country with a bang as she set her second national record at the opening day of the 18th FINA World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea yesterday.
Swimming in Lane 3 of Heat 3 of the Women’s 100m Butterfly event, Rule finished second in her heat with a new Philippine national record time of 1:00.42, resetting Jasmine Alkhaldi’s 1:01.00 record set at the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in 2015.
Rule, who is inching closer to the 100m Fly’s 59.66 Olympic Selection Time, eventually finished 30th among 52 elite swimmers around the world, topped by Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem (56.45), Australia’s Emma McKeon (56.90) and Canada’s Margaret Macneil (57.10).
Early this year, the 23-year-old gradate of University of Texas in USA, reset Erica Totten’s 2:15.76 Women’s 200m Fly national record to 2:12.54, then trimmed it down in May to 2:12.02, and again trimmed it down last June to 2:11.56
She is set to see action in the Women’s 200m Fly event this Wednesday, apart from her 50m and 100m Free events slated on Thursday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, James Deiprine clocked 1:02.84 in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke prelims, finishing 51st among 87 swimmers; while Nicole Oliva placed 31st among 43 swimmers in the Women’s 400m Freestyle event with a time of 4:20.03.
The Philippine Swimming team will have day two-Monday as a rest day, and will be back in action this Tuesday, with Deiparine taking the plunge in the 50m Breast event, and Oliva in the 200m Free event.
Men’s 100m Freestyle Philippine national record holder, Luke Michael Gebbie, will have to wait until Wednesday for his very first swim for the country at an international stage, swimming in his 100m Free pet event.
Here’s the remaining schedule of the Team in Gwangju, Korea:
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.