Philippines Swimming Miracle in the Pool 12-year medal drought comes to an end for Philippine Water Polo
The Philippines Men’s Water Polo team punched above there weight to secure the silver medal at the 2019 SEA Games. In conclusion, a valiant effort with the team just missing out to Indonesia for the gold. The Philippines did, however, claim the scalp of 2017 defending champions Singapore who were demoted to the bronze this time around.
The Philippines drew with Indonesia and Singapore and beat Thailand.
Philippines Swimming Delparine ends the drought for
James Delparine ended what may be considered the longest gold medal drought in the history of Philippine Swimming. After 10 long years, Philippine swimming finally got its gold medal care of the Filipino-American swimmer.
The 26-year-old Delparine in the process of taking gold shattered the SEA Games record of Nguyen Vuu Het set in 2009 with a 1.01.46 clocking breaking the 1.01.60 games record. Delparine was silver 2 years ago in Kuala Lumpur. He also reset the Philippine record of 1:02:00.
Delparine was ranked a very closed 3rd in the SEA Rankings in the 100 Breast. However, he is ranked #1 in the SEA Rankings for 2019 in the 50 Breast which is his stronger event.
Tankers Remedy Rule and Jasmine Alkhaldi also rewrote their own national records in women’s 200m butterfly (2:10.99) and women’s 100m freestyle (55.76), respectively, while securing podium finishes. Therefore Rule one of the gold favorites took a very close Silver to defend SEA Games Champion Jin Wen Quah (2:10.97), while 26-year-old Alkhaldi was very pleased to secure the bronze in what may be her very last SEA Games.
2019 Philippines Swimming 10 Athletes hit Bronze, Further 8 in Top 10 SEA Games 2019
The Following swimmers are ranked Top 10 in South East Asia for the year 2019 in their respective events. In addition, The first 10 names have made the SEA Games Bronze of 2017 in individual events. In conclusion, anyone not on this list is not ranked Top 10 in South East Asia for this year.
Provided a list of those who past bronze and also SEA Rankings for Swimming 2019.
Philippines Swimming PSL Leader Susan Papa passes away
Philippine Swimming lost another big name. Susan Papa who passed away at age 64 on May 19. Papa who was a big reformer for the betterment of swimming for swimmers. She was also an accomplished coach who guided and mentored future Triathlete Claire Adorna and youth record holder Jasmin Modjeh among others. Showing extreme humility and dignity. In conclusion, Papa eventually put her own differences with PSI aside to allow her athlete Jasmin Modjeh more opportunities to represent the country at more international meets.
Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) President Lani Velasco announced that former PSI president Mark P. Joseph died in his sleep in London on Thursday morning (Philippine time).
Joseph, 56, served as PSI head for almost 12 years during the tenure of then Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco Jr.
“With sadness, we would like to announce that Mark P. Joseph, former President of Philippine Swimming Inc and former Vice Chairman for High Diving Discipline in FINA, passed away at the age of 56,”said Velasco in a statement sent to the media.
Joseph’s interment will be announced soon.
“Mr. Joseph died peacefully in his sleep in the United Kingdom. His sister, together with the rest of his family, is making arrangements for his funeral.”
In addition Velasco said that Joseph was found dead by his brother in his bedroom. His brother was waiting to have breakfast with him however he didn’t show up.
“Mr. Joseph made a significant impact on Philippine swimming by promoting the sport at the grassroots level and by raising Philippine swimming to international standards,” the statement concluded.
POC President Ricky Vargas expressed his sympathy to Joseph’s family.
Joseph was a hall of Famer athlete as a De La Salle University swimmer.
The leadership of the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) remains upbeat that the 10-year gold medal drought in the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will end when the country hosts the biennial sports fest late this year, PSI president Lani Velasco said yesterday.
“I feel we will win not just one (gold),”
said Velasco, noting that five Fil-foreign talents will beef up the squad that will take part in the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 SEAG.
In addition, apart from these recruits, PSI will still parade the multi-awarded Jasmine Alkhaldi as well as James Deiparine, who took two silvers in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur and Roxanne Yu, who bagged bronze also two years ago.
“The swimmers are training and the preparations for the SEAG is running smoothly,”
A meeting with Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez is tops on Velasco’s priority so she could map out her athletes’ buildup for the SEAG.
Philippines Swimming Vargas calls on ex-tankers to support swim tryouts
INVOKING the spirit of patriotism and unity, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas will try to convince former national swimmers turned coaches Ral Rosario, Pinky Brosas, Akiko Thomson Guevarra and Eric Buhain to support the national team swimming tryouts for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November under the supervision of the Philippine Swimming Inc. led by Lani Velasco.
“We should try to set all our personal differences aside and work towards unity and what is best for our athletes and our country,”
Vargas said after he was informed about reports that Rosario and company intend to boycott the tryouts.
Vargas said he would try to meet with the group, which continues to question Velasco’s leadership despite securing recognition from both the International Swimming Federation and the local Olympic body, within the week to persuade them to support the national team trials.
Meeting with Velasco
Through POC membership committee chairman Robert Bachmann, Vargas met with Velasco recently, with the PSI president assuring both POC officials the national squad tryouts would be “all-inclusive” and based on FINA rules and guidelines.
“Obviously, we should have the best athletes available to us for the SEA Games. That’s why we have always stressed inclusivity in these matters,”
“There is no need for acrimony and divisiveness. We can work this out.
“Lani has announced she is willing to do this. I call on the other groups to cooperate and work as one for the country’s interest.”
In addition The Philippine SEA Games have taken on added significance after Velasco managed to secure sanction from the world swimming body last Feb. 1 making the regional swimming showcase an Olympic qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a historic first.
“We have the pleasure to inform you that FINA has approved the following competitions as meets where swimmers can achieve FINA “A” and FINA “B” swimming qualifying standard times (for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games).,”
FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu wrote Velasco.
Underscored in the correspondence was the SEA Games swim fest scheduled Dec. 2 to 6 at the New Clark City Swimming Stadium in Capas, Tarlac.
Above all making the PH Games an Olympic qualifier virtually guarantees that all of the region’s swimming elite. In addition among them Singaporean Olympic sensation Joseph Schooling and Vietnamese phenom Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, will see action in the competitions.
“We would like to thank FINA for approving the 30th SEA Games as an Olympic qualifying meet. This is truly a first in the history of Philippine swimming,”
POC, PSI agree to hold ‘all-inclusive’ swim tryouts
By Bong Pedralvez
January 25, 2019
PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas and Philippine Swimming Inc. president Lani Velasco met last Wednesday and agreed to hold an “all-inclusive” national team tryouts for the 30th Philippine Southeast Asian Games under the terms and conditions set by the PSI.
In addition, Vargas had lunch with Velasco at a restaurant near the POC chief’s PLDT office in Makati, a source told Business Insight-Malaya yesterday,
“and Mr. Vargas was enlightened and was able to appreciate why the SEA Games team tryouts should be held under PSI rules and guidelines.
“The meeting between him and Velasco was quite cordial,”
In conclusion, the POC lifted its indefinite suspension on the PSI last November, paving the way for Velasco to attend the local Olympic body’s general assembly meeting yesterday at the Meralco indoor theatre in Pasig City.
All in all 19 meet records were broken. Based on these results. This is at a guess 90-95% of the full results. Kindly provided to me by a swimming enthusiast. What makes the performances more remarkable is the pool was very cold at the Baguio. Making it less than ideal for athletes to swim to the best of their ability.
Asian Games: Teenager Ikee excited about closing in on fly champ Sjostrom
Japan’s teenage sensation and Tokyo Olympics hopeful Rikako Ikee said she feels to be closing on Rio champion and world record holder Sarah Sjostrom after dominating the Asian Games women’s 100-meter butterfly on Tuesday.
“I am excited about how close I can get to (Sjostrom). I don’t want to lose. I want to make a habit of winning,” 18-year-old Ikee told reporters as she marked a games record 56.30 seconds in the 100 butterfly, her strong event, at the GBK Aquatic Center in Jakarta.
Ikee has gained momentum since placing sixth in her 2016 Olympics debut, where Sjostrom claimed victory in 55.48, rewriting the world record she set the previous year. Ikee holds Japan’s national records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and the 50 and 100 butterflies.
“I was aiming for the 56.50-second range but it turned out I swam faster. I feel my level is getting higher,” Ikee said. “Strategy-wise, it was perfect.”
Although expressing worries about how tired she felt after the heats earlier in the day, she did not show it in the race, finishing 1.10 ahead of China’s Zhang Yufai, who settled for silver.
JAKARTA, Aug 19, (AFP): Chinese giant Sun Yang swept to Asian Games 200m freestyle gold Sunday to add to his Olympic and world titles – then had his national anthem played twice after a flag-pole malfunction.
The triple Olympic champion produced a blistering last two laps to clock one minute, 45.43 seconds and successfully launch his quest to win five gold medals in Jakarta.
The victory was twice as sweet for Sun, who was stunned by Japan’s Kosuke Hagino at the last Asian Games in 2014 and also took silver behind Korean rival Park Tae-hwan in 2010.
From the moment Sun strode out sporting a bright yellow tracksuit and huge red headphones to roars from flag-waving Chinese fans, there was only ever likely to be one winner.
The 26-year-old favorite absolutely smashed the final, finishing more than a second clear of Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto, celebrating by screaming out loud and punching the air as he soaked up the applause of his adoring fans.
“I’ve waited eight years for this title,” said an emotional Sun, easily China’s biggest sporting personality.
Philippine Swimming – Jasmine Alkhaldi Makes Finals in 100 Free at Asian Games
A small but competitive team from Philippine Swimming. As 25-year-old Jasmine Alkhaldi made her way to the 100 Freestyle final clocking a season-best of 56.38 to lead the SEA Rankings.
Alkhaldi qualified 6th to the finals. Alkhaldi made the most of the absence of Quah Ting Wen of Singapore and Nguyen Vien of Vietnam who beat her at the last SEA Games in 2017 were she picked up the bronze.
Consequently, Jasmine was the fastest qualifier from South East Asia to the final. Jasmine set the National Record of 55.90 during the SEA Games bronze effort. She will have a shot at breaking that tonight.
Philippine Swimming – Roxanne Ashley Yu makes 200 Backstroke Finals at Asian Games
Aug 19, 2018
Despite having only 2 Swimmers entered at the Asian Games. Philippine Swimming made a big splash in the pool. As 21-year-old Roxane Ashley Yu barged her way into the 200 Backstroke Final at the Asian Games. Yu will swim in the finals in the evening. Yu surpassed her SEA Games Bronze time and standard for the 2019 SEA Games.
Yu clocked 2:19:12 to finish second in heat 2 behind Liu Yaxin of China who has the fastest time. She did take the scalp of Yessie Yosaputra of Indonesia the SEA Games Silver medalist. Yu was the bronze medalist in Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games improving on her time of (2:19.98). Yu in the 2015 SEA Games clocked a PB of 2:18.45 as an 18-year-old.
Vien of Vietnam the SEA Games Champion who was the Bronze medalist in 2014 did not join the 200 Backstroke as she is focussing on Individual Medley events. However, Fitriyati of Indonesia who didn’t medal in this event in SEA Games has qualified ahead.
The defending champion from 4 years ago Sayaka Akase of Japan also qualified to the final. The Philippines had no entry in this event 4 years ago.
Yu has schooled overseas. She went to high school in Phuket, Thailand at the British School and now attends school. She now attends college at the University of Miami, Florida.
Isleta not entered in time
On a side note. Shame that POC couldn’t sort out Chloe Isleta entry in time. She just swam a 2:17.71 at Neo Garden in Singapore on 21 June. So would have been more than capable of making that final. While it’s probably crazy to think Chloe could have landed top 3. She probably would have gone around 6th or 7th overall.
We have not included the 2018 SEA Youth and 2018 ASEAN School Games Results. Or other meets not sanctioned by FINA. These Rankings represent an assortment of competitions from January 1, 2018, to August 19 2018. They are compiled by Andrew Pirie an ATFS Statistician better known for his work in Track and Field Stats.
Athletes who have broken the 2017 SEA Games marks are highlighted in
Yellow = Gold
Gray = Silver
Brown = Bronze
Blue Highlight is for Filipino athletes ranked but have not achieved a SEA Games Bronze Medal mark.
Nicole Oliva is the most productive athlete in the Philippine Team as of now. Topping.two events the 200M Free Style Rankings with a Silver SEA Games medal standard and also the 800M Freestyle with a bronze medal standard.
Oliva #2 in the 400M Freestyle with a bronze medal standard and #3 in the 1500 Freestyle. She also ranks in the Top 10 in the SEA for the year in the 200 Backstroke, 200 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley and 400 Individual Medley.
After achieving 4 QTAs she will represent the Philippines at the Olympic Youth Festival Final in Rio as she has qualified for the meet.
Sunrises, flags fall on the opening night of swimming finals
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Sun Yang thought he’d seen it all in his glittering swimming career. That was until Sunday’s opening night of swimming finals at the Asian Games.
In an embarrassing technical blunder for game organizers, the flag hoist collapsed during the playing of the Chinese national anthem as Sun stood atop the podium after winning the 200-meter freestyle final.
Officials picked the flags up off the pool deck and hastily reattached them to the broken metal hoist but were unable to raise them again while the anthem was played for a second time, to the bemusement of Sun and spectators watching in the stands.
With three-time Olympic freestyle champion Sun Yang leading the way, China’s vaunted team of pool sharks is determined to take a bite out of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
Three days before the competition opens, the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Center in a southern suburb of the Indonesian capital was the scene of frenzied action on Wednesday as Chinese swimmers tested the water in a final tune-up for the quadrennial event.
As the team’s undisputed leader in and out of the water, Sun vows to spearhead China’s dominance while warding off strong challenges from archrival Japan.
“I’ve fully prepared for the Asian Games after intensive training in Hong Kong, where I improved my aerobic endurance for the long-distance events,” said Sun, who will compete in all four individual freestyle events from 200m to 1500m in Jakarta.
At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sun lost his opening 200 to Japanese underdog Kosuke Hagino but rebounded to win gold in the 400 and 1500, as well as the men’s 4×100 free relay, contributing greatly to China’s leading haul of 22 golds.
Brash, belligerent and often painted as swimming’s big, bad wolf, Chinese giant Sun Yang will be looking to salvage his rivals at the Asian Games.
The triple Olympic champion is poised to swim the men’s 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle in Jakarta — and it would take an astonishing upset to deny him a gold medal sweep.
No shrinking violet, Sun triggered a diplomatic row at the 2014 Asian Games by slamming Japan’s national anthem as “ugly” after being ambushed by Kosuke Hagino in the 200m free in Korea.
Sun was banned for three months in 2014 for taking trimetazidine, prescribed for a heart condition and which had only been included on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of illegal substances four months earlier.
Rival swimmers tore into Sun at the Rio Olympics in 2016, where Australian Mack Horton labeled him a “drug cheat” and Frenchwoman Camille Lacourt sniffed that Sun “pees purple”.
Chloe Isleta makes the A Final of the 400 IM at the Pan Pacific
August 9, 2018
Championships in Tokyo. 2017 SEA Games bronze is 4:54.
Yui Ohashi, JPN, 4:36.05 Melanie Margalis, USA, 4:39.09 Sakiko Shimizu, JPN, 4:39.76 Emily Overholt, CAN, 4:40.63 Brooke Forde, USA, 4:40.76 Ally McHugh, USA, 4:41.08 Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, CAN, 4:44.64 Ye Huiyan, CHN, 4:57.65 Chloe Isleta, PHI, 4:59.21
Also, qualifying was Nicole Oliva and Ana Rosalee Mira Santa. Bronze in the last SEA Games is 8:51.09 in this event.
WOMEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINAL (EARLY HEATS)
Pan Pac Record: 8:11.35, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2014
Erica Sullivan, USA, 8:26.27
Haley Anderson, USA, 8:27.13
Madeleine Gough, AUS, 8:27.28
Ashley Twichell, USA, 8:29.36
Chase Travis, USA, 8:37.86
Kate Sanderson, CAN, 8:43.99
Nicole Justine Marie Oliva, PHI, 8:53.21
Ana Rosalee Mira Santa, PHI, 9:12.04
Also making it to the Finals from the Philippines was Timothy Yen in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke Christina Miranda Renner in the B Final of the Women’s breaststroke, Nicole Oliva 200m Free B Final, the and the Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay.
SEA Age Grade Championships 2018
2018 Philippine SEA Age Grade Champs in Swimming Philippines Hosted the 3-day event in Laguna. Final Medal Tally. Congratulations to our 4 gold medalists and the many Junior records.
Some facts about SEA Age Grade champs in swimming
Vietnam had more Golds than all other teams put together 58 vs 47 for all other teams
Vietnam had more Total Medals 119 than the next best two teams put together Thailand and Indonesia that had 107
The Philippines had 4 of 105 medals being the host that is 3.8% of all the golds
The Philippines had 30 of 316 of total medals or 9.4% of all total medals
In 2017 the Philippines had 4 Gold, 9 Silver, 8 Bronze = 21 total medals.
While the Philippines got more total medals at the host and equaled its Gold count from last year. Vietnam every year is increasing its number of golds.
Oliva sets New Philippine Record in 800m Freestyle
June 10, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE OLIVA for setting a new 800m Freestyle Philippine National Record of 8:48.62 at the Santa Clara TYR-Pro Swim Series, erasing Erica Totten’s 9-year-old record of 8:53.34 clocked at the at the 13th FINA World Championship in Rome Italy, July 31, 2009.
POC Suspends Philippine Swimming: Two Articles in the news today. From Manila Times
POC President Ricky Vargas
POC declares PSi election invalid
BY JOSEF T. RAMOS, TMT ON
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Ricky Vargas said that they suspended the recognition of Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) headed by its president Lani Velasco after the arbitration committee declared the election of the PSI last February invalid.
Vargas stressed that they would do everything to fast track the case of swimming prior to the start of Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.
Popular Young Swimmer Modjeh Breaks National 200 Butterfly Age Grade Record (video)
Feb 21, 2018
We previously reported about a swimmer being developed by the Philippine Swimming League (PSL). Jasmine Modjeh with the help of the Philippine Sports Commission.
Surprisingly the write up has amassed 1500 reads. This young swimmer is just as popular as a Hidilyn Diaz (Weight Lifting), Mary Joy Tabal (Athletics) or Ochoa (Jujitsu). So when we heard the news that Modjeh had broken a national age grade record. We were quick to write a follow-up. Pinoyathletics started off about Athletics but quickly became the voice ‘roar’ of the Filipino Athlete.
First, note Modjeh is a Filipino-Iranian hence the surname. Modjeh who was born towards the end of 2006. Took the Filipino 200m Butterfly age Grade Record for 13 and Under. Her mark was 2:25.82 which broke the record set by Regina Maria Paz Castrillo at the Speedo League NCR Leg 1, on August 8, 2013. This new mark was established at the 2018 Middle Eastern Open Swimming Championships held at the Hamdan Sports Complex, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on February 18.
Please note that even though it has been noted to the media as a National Junior Record, the actual Junior Record is 2:18.80 which was set by Marichi Gandionco in 2004 as a 14-year-old. The age division which Modjeh will move up to next year.
Modjeh time was a big improvement of more than 11 secs on her best time last year of 2:37.03 time set in Thanyanpura invitational meet last February.
Besides the Philippines and the Czech Republic, participants from Hungary, Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Bahrain, India, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar also competed in the three-day meet.
2016 Batang Pinoy Swimming 7 New Records Day 1 & 2 Batang 2 Records in Boys 12 and Under
Nov 29, 2016
Please note that records originally were for 12 and under and 13-15. Now records are for 12 and under and 13-17. To accommodate this I will add a 16-17. the group for records if they exceed the 13-15 marks. Otherwise, I will disregard them. Relay Results have not been accepted if 13-15 with 16, 17-year-old athletes in place.12 & Under 200 Meter Back: Janelle Alisa Lim, 12 BDAG 2.35.19
Previous Record: Maria Olegario San Juan, 2.39.22 (Iloilo)
13-15 Girls 50 Meter Breast:
50 LC Breaststroke
Thanya Dela Cruz
50 LC Breaststroke
11-12 Boys 200 Meter Fly
200 LC Butterfly
200 LC Butterfly
11-12 Boys 100 Back
100 LC Backstroke
100 LC Backstroke
200 LC Medley Relay
B. Cabilete, E. Omandan, K. Leybag, A. Sumaoy
200 LC Medley Relay
N. Mendoza, M. Dignadice, M. Manantan, J. Carbonell
200 LC Freestyle
Aubrey Sheian Bermejo
200 LC Freestyle
Janella Alisa Lin
2, 5 Records Fall Bermejo breaks 14-year-old meet Record (results)
Cebu, with two days out of four done for the Batang Pinoy Swimming Finals. 5 Records fell in the pool in swimming.
The oldest record in swimming finally fell Aubrey Sheian Bermejo (Iligan) clocked 2.20.52 in 11-12 Girls 200 Freestyle mark of Reena Danggoy 2.24.46 of PRQ which was set in the older editions of the Batang Pinoy in 2001.
Gian Carlo De Guzman 2.29.14 of Lipa City broke the 11-12 boys 200 Backstroke record of Seth Martin (2.33.03) (Quezon City) set in Bacolod last year.
3 of the Records in the 400 Individual Medley took a tumble as well. Miguel C. Barretto (Quezon City) broke the 3-year-old record of Miguel Adormeo (Lucena) in Boys 11-12 400 Individual Medley lowering it nearly 10 seconds from 5.34.04 to 5.24.70. In the girls, 11-12 Gianna Garcia (Manila) swam 5.38.69 lowering the meet record last year of Zoe Marie Hilario (Davao City) which was 5.39.59. Philip Josquit Yu-Santos (Cebu) swam a new mark in the 13-15 boys with a time of 4.52.96 to beat the meet record of Ianiko Grieco Limfilipino (Quezon City) 4.56.17 set in Bacolod in 2014.