The 1st Philippine National Open (PNO) Swimming Championships, touted as the “Battle Of Champions” kicks-off tomorrow at the NCC Aquatic Center in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac from August 31 to September 3, 2019
Top Filipino swimmers in the country as well overseas are set to fight for Philippine swimming supremacy at the four-day championships which serves as the final qualifying meet of the 30th Southeast Asian Games that we are hosting this December.
SEA Games veteran swimmers Jimmy Deiparine, Rosalee Santa and Roxanne Yu lead the pack of foreign based swimmers seeing action at the PNO, along with Tokyo Olympic Games QTB qualifiers Luke Gebbie and Remedy Rule.
Other foreign based swimmers seeing action include national record holders Jean-Pierre Khouzam, Rafael Barreto, Georgia Peregrina and Chloe Isleta; as well as promising swimmers Thomas Peregrina and Jazlynn Pak.
All ten of them are potential candidates to the national team for 2019 SEA Games, and they are swimming at the final qualifying meet to protect and solidify their spots at the national team.
Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna, along with high profile local swimmers Sacho Ilustre, Jerard Jacinto, Alberto Batungbacal, Rian Tirol, Miguel Barreto, Thanya Dela Cruz and Xiandi Chua are also strutting their wares at the NCC Aquatic Center to defend and solidify their entry to the SEA Games national team.
Roaring to make a statement and outrank the current leaders of the 2019 SEA Games national team qualifiers rankings are Sam Alcos, Dhill Lee, Leon Silvestre, Miguel Barlisan, Manuel Victor Perez, Ianiko Limfilipino, Joaquin Santos, Steven Ho, Armand Chan, Joy Rodgers, Chloe Daos, Nicole Pamintuan, Regina Maria Paz Castrillo, Samantha Coronel, Camille Buico, Bhay Newberry, Mishka Sy and Jasmine Mojdeh.
Day one of action tomorrow features the 1500m Free, 800m Free, 200m IM, 200m Back and 50m Free events; while swimmers will vie for glory in the 400m IM, 100m Fre, 200m Breast and 200m Fly events on day two.
Events on day three include 400m Free, 100m Back, 50m Breast and 100m Fly; while last day of the championship features 200m Free, 50m Back, 100m Breast and 50m Fly events.
Preliminary competition starts at 8:30am, while finals is set at 4:00pm.
Top 16 swimmers in the prelims will advance to the A and B Finals, with Top 8 swimmers swimming in A Finals, and Top 9 to 16 swimmers in the B Finals.
Only events with 24 or more swimmers entered will have A and B Finals.
The PNO 2019 which is brought to us by PSI, BCDA and PSC, will be streamed on Facebook Live at Philippine Swimming Incorporated Facebook Page. CLICK HERE to visit their FB Page.