Cook fires up day one SEA Games prelims, as all Pinoy tankers advance to finals


Out of nowhere and out from the radar of everyone, Jonathan Sebastian Cook fired up Philippines’ campaign on day one of the 30th Southeast Asian Games preliminary as he tops the preliminary of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke event at the NCC Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac Wednesday morning.

Nineteen year-old Cook, the Philippine junior national record holder of the 16-18 Boys 100m Breast, was on fire, leading the race from start to finish with a new best time of 1:02.29, the fastest time going to the evening finals.

James Deiparine came second with 1:02.70, while heavy favorites Lionel Khoo of Singapore and defending gold medalist Nathaniel Gagarin of Indonesia qualified to the finals in third and fourth place with 1:02.90 and 1:03.04 clocking respectively.

Meanwhile, all eleven Philippine tankers who saw action on day one of the morning prelims have qualified to the evening finals which will start at 6:00pm.

Olympian Jessie Khing Lacuna and Miguel Barreto finished 6th and 8th in the Men’s 400m Freestyle prelims with times of 4:01.31 and 4:04.53.

Remedy Rule and Rosalee Santa Ana have also qualified to the Women’s 200m Butterfly finals; with Rule topping the prelims with an Olympic Qualifying “B” time of 2:11.91, and Santa Ana in 8th place with 2:19.65

Heavy favorite and defending champion Jing Wen Quah of Singapore qualified to the finals in 2nd place with 2:12.57.

Qualifying to the finals of Women’s 200m Individual Medley were Xiandi Chua and Chloe Kennedy Isleta who finished 5th and 6th with times of 2:19.61 and 2:21.64

Backstroke Kings of Philippine Swimming, Jayden Christian Olson and Jerard Dominic Jacinto delivered a 1-2 finish the morning prelims of the Men’s 100m Backstroke event, clocking 56.86 and 56.87 respectively.

Defending gold medalist Zheng Wen Quah qualified to the finals in third place with 57.07, while 2017 silver medalist I Gede Sudartawa of Indonesia clocked 57.64.

Both Quah and Sudartawa are the heavy favorites to win this event tonight; while Philippines’ younger bets, Olson and Jacinto, will definitely challenge these heavy favorites.

In the Women’s 100m Freestyle preliminary, no doubt, Singapore’s Ting When Quah is a cut above the rest, clocking 54.75 to top the morning prelims.

Philippines’ bets Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi finished 2nd and 3rd in the prelims, with times of 56.19 and 56.39 respectively.

The Men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay of Lacuna, Miguel Barreto, Thomas Peregrina and Maurice Sacho Ilustre have automatically advance to the evening finals.

Finals tonight starts at 6:00pm, showcasing the following events in this order : Men’s 400m Free, Women’s 200m Fly, Men’s 100m Breast, Women’s 200m IM, Men’s 100m Back, Women’s 100m Free and Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

PH tankers off to promising start in SEAG swimfest
By : Manolo Pedralvez

CAPAS, Tarlac – Remedy Rule, Jonathan Cook and Jaden Christian Olson topped their respective heats on Tuesday, ushering in a promising start for the Filipino tankers at the opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games swimming championships at the New Clark City Aquatic Center here.

Despite slight jitters, Rule, as expected, clinched first in the women’s 200-meter butterfly stroke in two minutes and 11.91 seconds, slightly off her PH mark of 2:11.38, relegating defending Singaporean champion Quah Jing Wen to second (2:12.57). Vietnam’s Thi My Thao Le was third (2:13.59)

Joining Rule in tonight’s finals starting at 6 a.m. was teammate and fellow SEAG debutant Rosalee Mira Santa Ana, who took the eighth and last qualifying spot in 2:19.65.

A University of Stanford-California varsity mainstay, Cook paced the men’s 100-meter breaststroke heats in 1:02.79, just a shade of the national mark of 1:02.00 by fellow Fil-Am James Deiparine, who was content in being second in the heats (1:02.70).

Singapore’s Chien Yin Lionel Khoo was third (1:02.90) while Indon defending champion Nathaniel Gagarin, whose winning time two years ago was 1:01.76, took it easy and was fourth (1:03.04) in what promises to be a riveting clash in tonight’s finals.

SEAG newcomers Olson, 17, and Jerard Dominic Jacinto came up with a 1-2 PH finish in the men’s 100-meter backstroke in times of 56.86 respectively, while reigning Singaporean titlistg Quah Zhen Weng was content to coast and checked in third (57.07).

Rule also qualified in the women’s 100-meter freestyle, finishing second in 56.19 seconds behind 2017 SEAG gold medalist and veteran Quah Ting Wen of Singapore, who took first in 54.75 seconds.

Two-time Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi , a silver medalist in the Malaysia Games two years ago, likewise booked her place in tonight’s finals, finishing fourth in 56.39 seconds

Fellow Olympic Games veteran Jessie Khing Lacuna earned his place in the men’s 400-meter finals by placing sixth in 4:01.31 in the heats topped by Vietnam’s Nguyen Huy Hoang (3:55.21). Lacuna’s teammate Miguel Barreto, the youngest in the PH swim squad at 16, also made the cut in 4:04.53.

All 11 Filipino swimmers who saw action in the heats advanced to the finals, including Xiandi Chua (2:19.61) and and Fil-Am Chloe Kennedy Isleta (2:21.64), who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the women’s 200-meter individual medley topped by Vietnamese phenom Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (2:18.20)

Nguyen, 23, bagged six gold medals in the Malaysia edition of the sportsfest two years ago.

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