Tandingan resets own junior record in Budapest

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Fifteen year-old Jeremiah Tandingan, the country’s top 14-15 age-group swimmer, has successfully reset her 100m Freestyle 14-15 Girls Philippine junior national record at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary Wednesday afternoon.

Tandingan clocked 58.49 in the 100m Freestyle preliminary to reset her 58.90 record which she clocked at the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Cambodia last June. She finished 52nd among 111 top junior swimmers from around the globe.

Youngest in the Junior World team this year, her new 100m Free best time could possibly win her a slot at the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team at this year’s SEA Games, it being the fourth fastest SEA Games qualifying time with one remaining qualifying meet to go – the PNO.

She shared the 4th place rank though with Xiandi Chua, who also registered a SEA Games qualifying time of 58.49 in the said event, clocked at the PSI LC Grand Prix National Champs last month.

Tandingan is skipping the PNO later this month, while Chua has enlisted for the PNO, so Chua still has a chance of improving her time and seal the SEA Game slot in the SEA Games 100m Free relay event.

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Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre Khouzam finished the Men’s 100m Butterfly prelims with a time of 55.09, enough to rank him 27th among 83 swimmers.

Khouzam was the highest ranked finisher among all Filipino swimmers on day two of action.

Miguel Barreto and Adrian Eichler ranked 36th and 52nd among 84 swimmers in the Men’s 200m Freestyle event, where they clocked 1:54.47 and 1:57.30 respectively.

Barreto’s 1:54.47 time is now the third fastest SEA Games qualifying time of this event heading to PNO, solidifying his possible SEA Games slot in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay event.

The quartet of Jerard Jacinto, Desirae Mangaoang, Jean-Pierre Khouzam and Jeremiah Tandingan clocked 4:04.21 in the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay prelims; and placed 14th among 32 participating countries. [ Split times are : Jerard (57.13), Rae (1:12.90), Khouzam (54.87) and Tandingan (59.31) ]

They narrowly missed the 4:03.11 national record set by Nicole Oliva, Jimmy Deiparine, Jessie Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi also in Budapest (17th World Champs) last 2017.

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After two days of action in Budapest, the Philippine Junior Worlds Team has so far delivered one senior national record (courtesy of Jacinto in 100m Back) and one junior national record.

Today’s action features Jaden Olson and Jacinto gunning for a record breaking performance in the 50m Backstroke event, while Mangaoang eyeing to reset her national record in the 100m Breast event.

Barreto is also set to see action in the Men’s 800m Freestyle event.

August 22, 2019 | Thursday

Boys 50m Backstroke Prelims
– Heat 6 Lane 3 : Jaden Olson
– Heat 7 Lane 8 : Jerard Jacinto

Girls 100m Breaststroke Prelims
– Heat 4 Lane 0 : Desirae Mangaoang

Boys 800m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 2 Lane 2 : Miguel Barreto

August 23, 2019 | Friday

Boys 50m Butterfly Prelims
– Heat 6 Lane 2 : Jean-Pierre Khouzam

August 24, 2019 | Saturday

Boys 100m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 7 Lane 7 : Miguel Barreto
– Heat 9 Lane 8 : Adrian Eichler

Girls 50m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 7 Lane 7 : Jeremiah Tandingan

August 25, 2019 | Sunday

Boys 200m Backstroke Prelims
– Heat 3 Lane 1 : Jaden Olson
– Heat 4 Lane 0 : Jerard Jacinto

Girls 200m Breaststroke Prelims
– Heat 3 Lane 3 : Desirae Mangaoang

Boys 200m Butterfly Prelims
– Heat 3 Lane 2 : Adrian Eichler
– Heat 6 Lane 8 : Jean-Pierre Khouzam

Girls 200m Freestyle Prelims
– Heat 5 Lane 9 : Jeremiah Tandingan

Philippines’ junior team this year in Budapest is being mentored by coaches Sherwin John Santiago and Ma. Cristina Elena De Guzman; managed by PSI President herself Lani Velasco; and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Swimming Incorporated.

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