Seventeen year-old Jaden Christian Olson equaled Ryan Papa’s Men’s 100m Backstroke national record and reset Jerald Jacinto’s 50m Backstroke record at the recently concluded NCSA Summer Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, USA.
Last Wednesday, Junior World Championships bound Olson took the silver medal of the Boys 100m Backstroke event with a time of 56.48, equaling the Philippine Swimming National record set by legendary Ryan Papa which was clocked 22 years ago at the 19th Southeast Asian Games in Jakarta Indonesia in 1997.
Olson, whose mother is from Butuan City, saw action in the Men’s 50m Backstroke event last Friday and topped the morning prelims with his 26.45 clocking.
He then propelled his way to a gold medal finish in the 50m Back event, clocking a new Philippine national record time of 26.00.
The pride of Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club has successfully reset Jacinto’s 26.32 record which was clocked earlier this year at the 50th Singapore National Age Group Swimming Championships.
Both Olson and Jacinto will be representing Philippines at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest this August 20-25, 2019; and are the top contenders for the national team to this year’s SEA Games, along with new PSI member Hamed Afshin Azar, an 18-year-old Fil-Australian swimmer who also swims Free and Butterfly.
At the NCSA Summer Champs last week, Olson also clocked 24.55 in 50m Free, 25.92 in 50m Fly, 56.68 in 100m Fly and 2:05.94 in the 200m Back event, which is the fastest 200m Back time so far this season.
Meanwhile, another 17-year-old PSI member Matthew Fernandez also saw action at the NCSA Summer Champs.
He registered 24.68 in 50m Free, 52.69 in 100m Free, 1:57.00 in 200m Free and 4:13.31 in 400m Free.
The NCSA Summer Champs was not a SEA Games Qualifying meet.
Olson will have his final SEA Games qualifying meet at the Junior Worlds later this month; while Fernandez and Azar are seeing action at the National Open which will serve as his qualifying meet to this year’s SEA Games.
Jacinto will have two chances of improving his SEA Games QTs, seeing action in both Junior Worlds and National Open.