Age : 1999

Events : Freestyle & Butterfly

Place of Birth : Quezon City, Philippines

Current City : Makati City, Philippines

International Debut : June 1, 2012

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  Full Name : Kirsten Chloe Yap Daos
Nick Name : Chloe
Birthday : August 18, 1999
Current City/Country : Quezon City, Philippines
City/Country of Birth : Makati, Philippines
Current Club : QCSC Buccaneers
Current Coaches : Sherwyn Santiago and Gianina Gonzales
Past Club(s) : NA
Past Coach(es) : NA
           
 

Senior Philippine National Swimming Records (LC)

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4x100m Freestyle Mixed Relay

03:52.37

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.27.15 - Present

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4x200m Freestyle Mixed Relay

08:36.21

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15 - Present

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Junior Philippine National Swimming Records (LC)

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100m Butterfly

14-15 Girls

01:05.10

01:05.31

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

2nd Asian Youth Games, CHN

06.06.14 - 03.22.15

07.21.13 - 06.06.14

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800m Freestyle

13 & Under Girls

09:42.42

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12 - Present

       

Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships Career Highlights

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Finalist

200m Fly 15-16 Girls

02:23.09

8th Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships, THA

10.04.15

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SEA Age Group Swimming Championship Career Highlights ( 1 Gold and 3 Silvers )

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Gold

200m Fly 16-18 Girls

02:23.88

39th SEA Age Group Championship, VIE

12.06.15

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Silver

400m Free 13 & U Girls

04:44.63

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.01.12

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Silver

800m Free 13 & U Girls

09:42.42

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12

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Silver

200m Fly 13 & U Girls

02:32.84

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12

   
 

Describe yourself :
One that puts others before herself is who i am. Helping others become the best they can be is my happiness. I am a mental person. I am the type who needs to understand the purpose of things and thus, needs it to be logically organized and explained. Regardless of how difficult a task may be, i would do anything to accomplish it. Moreover, i am one who cannot settle for anything less than my best both athletically and academically.

What side or character of yours would most likely surprise others?
Intimidating and timid as others may say is who they think i am the first time they see me. Often times people find it hard to believe that I am actually very hyper and loud. I love to go all out with my energy especially with people i am comfortable with. Aside from that, the one thing that surprises people the most is that I am actually a severely fearful person. I am afraid to take on things that are out of my comfort zone but with the help of the people who support me, I am able to overcome my fears.

What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport of swimming?
I started learn to swim at the age of 3. At that time, I would cry at the sight of water. Because of this, my parents enrolled me in swimming lessons for safety reasons as well as to overcome my fear. I remember during my first session, I kept wailing before I even got into the water but as soon as I went down, I suddenly became calm and had an instant connection with the water. From then on, I loved the sport and the coach of the training team took me in at the age of 7. Thatís when I started to take off with swimming as a career which i still continue on up to today.

During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?
In my early years, never in my life had I imagined of reaching where I am today. This is so because I just merely loved it. It served as my outlet and comfort and that was the reason I did it. Honestly, when I think of all that Iíve been through, I get so overwhelmed and always think itís just a dream. Soon I realize itís not but I enjoy every moment I am able to live it out.

What do you think are the factors that make you a successful swimmer?
The factors i think that have made me successful are:

1. People around me Ė more than anything in the world, I wouldnít have reached where I am today without the support of my family, friends and coaches. They were the ones who believed in me when no one did even I, myself. They were the ones who always pushed me to become better even if they knew I would hate it when they nag at me. They never failed to be by my side whether it may be in success or failure but most importantly, they molded me to become me.

2. My competitors Ė without them in my life, I would not have come as far. I would have always thought that my effort was enough but because of them, I was able to explore my capabilities. They helped me push pass my limits and learn from them. Together, we have made each other better and stronger.

3. My failures Ė no one was ever successful without failing at least once. Why is this so? It is because it is when we fall that we learn to get back up. It is through our failures that we become better. If we succeeded all the time, we would never take time to look into the things we lack. With failures, we are made to work harder and do things we thought we couldnít do.

4. GOD Ė if there is anyone that helped me the most, it was HIM. First of all, He was the one who gave me the gift of life and talent. Without Him, I would not even be present in this world. He was the one who bestowed upon me the blessings that have made me become the person that I am. The one who gives me the strength to carry on each day is He. Truly, without Him, I wouldnít have reached where I am today.

What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?
To me, every experience is memorable in its own way. I have gotten something new from everything that Iíve gone through but what I would say is the one that stands out the most is the 36th South East Asian Age Group in Palembang, Indonesia. Prior to that competition, I had my yearly back check up. I had to do this twice a year because I actually have a sickness, scoliosis. During this check up, the curve of my spine became worse which meant possible surgery and the end of my swimming career. Due to this, I was at risk of competing and was not even suppose to join. It was, I would say have, to be the lowest point of my journey for it would mean giving up something I love to do. Not only that but also not being able to live out my dream. Thankfully, with the best efforts of everyone, I was able to compete. It was the one that preyed in mind for it was the first time I was able to represent the Philippines in an international competition. My back would often hurt and hinder my training but with all the hard work and faith, I was able to win 3 silver medals. I felt like all the pain and suffering was worth it and I was able to face my fear that the illness could take over me. Truly, if you do your best and put your mind to it, anything is possible. Whatever God has given you, use it to your advantage. If He didnít give you what you want, maybe itís because He has something else in store for you. I am very grateful that I was and am still able to represent my country up to today.

Apart from being a summer Olympian, what is (are) your other goals as a swimmer?
As a swimmer, all I ever wanted to do is to show everyone that itís possible. No matter who you are or where you may be, if you have the passion, determination, patience and hard work, you will be able to achieve your dreams. We often think that others are better than us that is why we just settle for where we are now. I would like to inspire people that you can do it. Yes, it will be hard. Yes, you will fail. But NO, it is not impossible. Donít ever be afraid to make that dream come true and that is what I ought to do.

Was there ever a time you thought of quitting swimming? Why?
Itís actually funny cause I feel like quitting more than staying. Every time I would have a bad training or competition I would feel like quitting. Not only that but also when I am unable to hang out with my friends or do other things I like doing because thereís practice or I might get injured. I often think that swimming restricts me from having a normal teenage life. I even wrote the word ďI quitĒ really largely in dots in my head and would connect these dots every time I feel that way. Itís actually almost done but somehow no matter what I do, I never got the urge to stop. Itís mainly because I think of why I started and all the things Iíve been through. It would be a terrible decision to give up something that means a lot to me and gives me several advantages. It may be rough but you just have to have the courage to carry on cause if not, you would not know what could have happened and you would always be left with the thought ďwhat ifĒ.

Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?
I look up to my parents, Jay and Jo and my coach Sherwyn Santiago. They have supported me since day one and never left my side. They would tolerate my ďstubbornnessĒ and even study my condition. They sacrifice their time, efforts and self just for me. They helped me become a better person and taught me things that are not only applicable to swimming but life as well.

Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?
Before my swim, the first thing I do is stretch. It helps me keep my body going in order to prepare for the race. Next is I would visualize my swim. I would think of the techniques and plan for the race which I would do step by step as the meters go by. Lastly, I would pray. I would never ask to win the race but instead, I pray that my body be in the best condition it can be, my mind be focused and calm, my heart not taken over by fear and that I may be able to do my best. Whatever the result may be, I would accept it for that is what I deserve. Win or lose, I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to participate and finish my swim.

Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be like you.
1. Donít let success get to your head and donít let failure get to your heart.
2. Hard work beats talent if talent fails to work hard
3. Prove them through actions, not words

Message to your supporters :
Swimming is a tough sport. Itís unlike any other sport. It requires vigorous training and discipline. There are no subs or time outs. Itís all just you and that one moment you have. Itís hard to hang on to the sport especially at times when we donít improve or are tempted to live a normal life. It is very difficult to balance both our academics and the sport. Swimming is very different but thatís the beauty of it. We get to experience and learn things that you canít just get from school. It teaches us the value of hard work, discipline, patience, humility and time management. These are the values that we would carry on past our swimming career. You may feel like youíve worked so hard yet nothing is happening. You may think itís so unfair on how others can do it but you canít. You bear in your mind that youíve sacrificed so much and regret it. I can tell you I know the feeling. Despite this, we must go on. Winning isnít all about the medals or trophies. It is about the things you learn and the experiences youíve gone through that you will remember. I recall 2 years of my life wherein I was too preoccupied about winning and lowering my times that I forgot what swimming was all about. It got me frustrated and brought me down. My tip is donít ever lose sight of enjoying every moment wether good or bad because youíll never know if youíll be able to go back to that moment again. Keep going. There is no better feeling than reaching your goals with the work of yours truly. When you succeed, donít ever brag about it. Remain grounded and look back to where you started. Help others who aspire to be like you and that is what I would say a successful athlete.

         

2016 International Results

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6th

02:13.85

200m Free 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.10.16

6th

02:26.96

200m Fly 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.11.16

7th

04:42.85

400m Free 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

9th

00:30.31

50m Fly 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.10.16

9th

01:06.56

100m Fly 16-18 Girls

40th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, THA

12.09.16

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2015 International Results

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Gold

02:23.88

200m Butterfly 16-18 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

5th

02:11.50

200m Freestyle 16-18 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.05.15

5th

04:37.69

400m Freestyle 16-18 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.04.15

5th

01:05.58

100m Butterfly 16-18 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.04.15

5th

04:04.29

4x100m Freestyle Relay Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.05.15

6th

00:30.37

50m Butterfly 16-18 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.05.15

6th

08:36.21

4x200m Free Mixed Relay

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

8th

00:28.62

50m Freestyle 16-18 Girls

39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships, VIE

12.06.15

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8th

02:23.09

200m Butterfly 15-17 Girls

8th Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships, THA

08.04.15

10th

02:10.90

200m Freestyle 15-17 Girls

8th Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships, THA

08.01.15

10th

09:41.07

800m Freestyle 15-17 Girls

8th Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships, THA

08.01.15

12th

01:05.12

100m Butterfly 15-17 Girls

8th Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships, THA

08.03.15

17th

01:01.62

100m Freestyle 15-17 Girls

8th Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships, THA

08.02.15

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17/27

03:52.37

4x100m Free Mixed Relay

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.27.15

18/20

04:39.74

4x100m Medley Relay Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.30.15

34/37

02:22.27

200m Freestyle Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.26.15

52/62

04:39.26

400m Freestyle Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.28.15

42/55

01:04.73

100m Butterfly Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.29.15

57/74

02:11.85

200m Freestyle Prelims

5th FINA World Junior Championship, SIN

08.30.15

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2014 International Results

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4th

01:05.10

100m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.06.14

4th

02:22.37

200m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.08.14

6th

02:14.02

200m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.07.14

8th

04:42.31

400m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

38th SEA Age Group Championship, SIN

06.06.14

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2013 International Results

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10th

01:05.31

100m Butterfly Semifinals

2nd Asian Youth Games, Nanjing China

07.21.13

14th

01:06.57

100m Butterfly Prelims

2nd Asian Youth Games, Nanjing China

07.21.13

15th

02:12.80

200m Freestyle Prelims

2nd Asian Youth Games, Nanjing China

07.19.13

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4th

09:52.99

800m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.09.13

7th

02:16.52

200m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.08.13

7th

02:29.17

200m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.09.13

8th

01:09.05

100m Butterfly 14-15 Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.07.13

9th

04:54.16

400m Freestyle 14-15 Girls

37th SEA Age Group Championship, BRU

06.07.13

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2012 International Results

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Silver

04:44.63

400m Freestyle 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.01.12

Silver

09:42.42

800m Freestyle 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12

Silver

02:32.84

200m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.03.12

5th

02:16.73

200m Freestyle 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.02.12

8th

01:09.19

100m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.01.12

10th

00:31.68

50m Butterfly 13 & Under Girls

36th SEA Age Group Championship, INA

06.02.12