It’s 12-12 for Team Philippines, as all Pinoy tankers have successfully advanced to the day four finals of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in New Clark City Aquatics Center, Tarlac Philippines Saturday morning.
Seventeen-year-old Jaden Christian Olson became the first Filipino swimmer to have gone below 26 seconds in the Men’s 50m Backstroke event, qualifying to the evening finals in second place with his new Philippine national record time of 25.99
Fellow backstroker, Jerard Jacinto, timed 26.26 to finish fourth heading to the finals.
Continue to show her solid form, Jasmine Alkhaldi has equaled her Philippine national record in the Women’s 50m Butterfly event, qualifying to the evening finals in second place with 27.27 clocking.
Jazlynn Pak also advanced to the finals with a new Philippine junior national record time of 28.04, where she placed 5th overall.
Last night’s bronze medalist, Chloe Kennedy Isleta, topped the Women’s 100m Backstroke preliminary with a time of 1:04.52, and she’s joined by Alkhaldi in the evening finals who finished third with a time of 1:05.05
Pedaling his way to the finals was Alberto Batungbacal who finished third in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke event with a new best time of 2:19.94, followed by fellow Pinoy swimmer Jonathan Cook in fourth place with 2:20.29
Jessie Khing Lacuna and Maurice Sacho Ilustre are also swimming the Men’s 200m Freestyle finals tonigh, placing 6th and 8th in the prelims with times of 1:52.74 and 1:53.21.
Youth Olympian Nicole Oliva and Rosalee Santa Ana will open our campaign in tonight’s finals, as they have qualified in the Women’s 400m Freestyle event.
Oliva clocked 4:23.23 and 4:25.57 for Santa Ana, placing 4th and 7th in the morning prelims.
Again teaming up for another possible podium finish are Alkhaldi, Oliva, Xiandi Chua and Remedy Rule in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay.
Finals tonight starts at 6:00pm.