A total of twenty seven (27) Philippine swimmers have been named to the Philippine Swimming National team for the 30th Southeast Asian Games; of which thirteen (14) are male and fourteen (13) are female swimmers.
Fifteen senior swimmers (aged 19 and above) were named to the team, while the rest of the twelve national team members are 18 & under junior swimmers.
The age of our national team members is a good sign for Philippine Swimming, since most of them are young, and could still come back for their second, third, fourth or even fifth or sixth SEA Games in the coming years.
The eldest among them are James Christian Deiparine, Jessie Khing Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi, who all are 26 years old; while the youngest in the team are Thanya Angelyn Dela Cruz and Miguel Barreto who turned 16 years old this year.
Let’s get to know the credentials of the members of the Philippine National Swimming Team who will represent our country at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Philippines this December 4 to 9, 2019.
Two of the members of the 2019 SEA Games teams are Olympians. They are Jessie Khing Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Both swimmers have represented the country in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games in London and in Rio.
Roxanne Ashley Yu and Nicole Justine Mari Oliva have represented the country to the Youth Olympic Games. Yu made it to the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in 2014, while Oliva in Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games in 2018. Oliva has qualified to the Finals of the 200m and 400m Freestyle events.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP VETERANS
Seven of them have represented the country at the Seniors FINA World Championships. They are Jessie Khing Lacuna, James Christian Deiparine, Luke Gebbie, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Nicole Oliva, Remedy Rule and Roxanne Ashley Yu.
Since FINA started to use the qualifying times in order for a swimmer to be able to represent their country at the World Championships, only seven of them have managed to strut their wares at the world stage.
JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP VETERANS
Nine of our 2019 SEA Games swimmers have represented the country at the Junior World Championships. They are Sacho Ilustre, Rafael Barreto, Jean-Pierre Khouzam, Jayden Olson, Miguel Barreto, Jerard Dominic Jacinto, Miranda Cristina Renner, Desirae Mangaoang and Xiandi Chua.
ASIAN GAMES VETERANS :
Three of our 2019 SEA Games swimmers have represented the country at the Asian Games. They are Jessie Khing Lacuna, Roxanne Ashley Yu and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Both Alkhaldi and Yu have qualified to the finals at the Asian Games.
ASIAN AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS VETERAN
Thanya Angelyn Dela Cruz is the lone swimmer in the 2019 SEA Games team who has represented the country at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships. Del Cruz strut her wares at the 9th Asian Age Group Swimming Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2017 where she won a bronze medal in the Girls 14 & Under 100m Breaststroke event.
SEA GAMES VETERANS :
Six of our 2019 SEA Games swimmers have already represented the country at the Asian Games. This year will be the sixth time for Jessie Khing Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi; while third SEA Games for Rosalee Mira Santa Ana and Roxanne Ashley Yu. James Christian Deiparine and Nicole Oliva are off to their second SEA Games appearance.
Deiparine, Lacuna, Yu and Alkhaldi have won several medals in SEA Games, but none of them have won a gold medal yet.
Deiparine has won 2 silvers in his first SEA Games in 2017, while Lacuna has won 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals in an individual event in his SEA Games career.
Yu on the other hand has collected three individual event bronze medals in her two appearances in SEA Games.
Alkkhaldi has the most number of individual event SEA Games medals where she has collected a total of 10 Bronze medals from 2011 to 2017 SEA Games.
Oliva and Santa Ana have yet to win an individual SEA Games event medal; but has already won bronze medals in the relay events.
SEA AGE GROUP SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS VETERANS :
Fourteen of our 2019 SEA Games swimmers have represented the country at the SEA Age Group Swimming Championships. They are Jessie Khing Lacuna, Alberto Batungbacal, Jonathan Sebastian Cook, Maurice Sacho Ilustre, Rafael Barreto, Jacinto Jerard Dominic, Miguel Barreto, Rian Marco Tirol, Jasmine Alkhaldi, Xiandi Chua, Desirae Mangaoang, Thanya Angelyn Dela Cruz, Georgia Kate Peregrina, Miranda Cristina Renner and Roxanne Ashley Yu.
All of them have won a medal in the country at the SEA Age Group Champs, and majority of them have won GOLD MEDALS for the country at this prestigious annual junior championships in the Southeast Asia region.
PART 2 to be published soon! Watch out for it!