Philippine Swimming Incorporated has named seven tankers to represent the country at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary this August 20-25, 2019
Spearheading this year’s campaign at the prestigious global meet for 15-18 year old boys and 14-17 year old girls are Philippine national record holders and 2019 SEA Age Group Championships gold medalists Jerard Dominic Jacinto and Desirae Aubrey Mangaoang.
They will be joined by junior national record holder and 2019 SEA Age Group Champs gold medalist, Jeremiah Leah Tandingan, as well as SEA AG relay medalists Miguel Barreto and Philipp Adrian Eichler.
Set to represent Team Philippines for the first time in an international meet are Jaden Olson and junior national record holder Jean-Pierre Khouzam.
Sixteen year-old Khouzam was a qualifier at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, but failed to make it to the team because of the late release of his Philippine passport.
Heading to the Junior worlds, he now clocks 52.09 in 100m Free, 1:51.29 in 200m Free, 54.77 in 100m Fly, and 2:00.67 in the 200m Fly where he qualified for the Gwangju World Championships in this event.
Hope is high for the junior swim team bound for Budapest to deliver an exemplary performance next month, after Philippine Swimming’s successful campaign at the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Cambodia, and at the recently concluded 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea
The team will rely on the vast experience of Jacinto, Mangoang and Tandingan’s experience to medal in an international event, Khouzam’s mental toughness to deliver his best times at major meets, Barreto and Eichler’s motivation to make it to the SEA Games team this year, and Olson’s drive to make it to the senior national swim team.
They will be mentored by coaches Sherwin John Santiago and Ma. Cristina Elena De Guzman, with the support of the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Swimming Incorporated.
CLICK HERE for the qualifying information to the 7th FINA Junior World Championships.