UAAP multi-medalist Joy Serdan Rodgers debut in SEA Games with a bang, qualifying to the evening finals via a new Philippine national record in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke event in the morning heats of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Tarlac City Friday morning.
Swimming in lane 6 of heat one, Rodgers propelled her way to a new Philippine record time of 33.09, finishing second in her heat and fifth overall.
She has successfully reset Desirae Mangaoang’s old mark of 33.20 clocked at this year’s SEA Age Group Championships in Cambodia.
Mangaoang on the other hand also broker her record with her 33.12 clocking, finishing 6th in the morning prelims to advance to the finals.
Nine out of ten Filipino tankers have successfully advanced to the evening finals after today’s prelims action.
Day one silver medalist, Remedy Rule, topped the Women’s 200m Freestyle preliminary with a time of 2:02.37, while Nicole Justine Oliva qualified in the same event in third place with 2:03.60.
In the Women’s and Men’s 200m Backstroke event, Chloe Kennedy Anne Isleta and Roxanne Ashley Yu both qualified to the finals where they finished second and fourth in the prelims with times of 2:19.41 and 2:19.80; while Jayden Olson and Jerard Dominic Jacinto have automatically advanced to the finals since the event only has eight swimmers.
The fight for the finals in the Men’s 100m Butterfly was very tight, with ten swimmers hitting below 55 seconds in the morning prelims.
Jarod Jason Hatch clocked 54.41 to finish fifth overall, while Jean-Pierre Sameth Khouzam timed 54.97, just enough for a 10th place finish.
Khouzam though will still be swimming in the evening finals as part of the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team along with Hatch, Sacho Ilustre and Luke Gebbie.
Finals tonight will start at 6:00pm.