Philippine’s Jarod Hatch and Jean-Pierre Khouzam reset the 100m Butterfly national swim records on the third day of the 2019 Phillips 66 US National Championships in California, USA Friday night.
Twenty-one year old Hatch set a new 100m Fly seniors national record of 53.91, resetting his previous record of 54.36 clocked last June at the Santa Clara International meet.
The incoming junior student of University of California first held this record last year when he broke Jessie Lacuna’s 55.08 at the Pan Pacific Championships in August 2018. Since then, he has trimmed down his seniors national record twice already.
His new national record is inching closer to the 53.52 Tokyo Olympics Selection Time “B”.
Meanwhile, Khouzam, who is representing Philippines at the 7th FINA Junior World Championships, set a new 100m Fly Juniors national record of 55.56 in the 16-18 Age Group, breaking Rafael Barreto’s 55.93 record clocked at the 41st SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Brunei two years ago.
This is Khouzam’s second junior national record, wherein last May he reset Jessie Lacuna’s 2:03.01 record in the 200m Fly event by clocking 2:00.72 at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Bloomington. He later on trimmed down this record to 2:00.67 at the SE Richard Quick Invitational in USA last June.
Sixteen year-old Khouzam finished 98th in the 100m Fly at the on-going US Nationals, 67th in the 200m Fly with 2:03.75 clocking, and 122nd place in 200m Free event with 1:55.25
Hatch finished 71st in the 200m Fly with 2:04.68
Other Pinoy swimmers Parker Macy and Jonathan Cook placed 63rd and 79th in the 200m Breaststroke event with times of 2:18.62 and 2:21.33
Macy is yet to apply for Philippine Swimming membership next year or by 2021 SEA Games, while Cook is set to join the up coming PH National Open, the final qualifying event of the 2019 SEA Games, along with Hatch.
Khouzam is skipping the PH National Open since he will be representing Philippines at the 7th FINA Junior World Championships in Budapest on third week of August.