PH swimming targets podium finish in 2019 SEA Age group

Beatrice Go
The Philippine junior swimming team hopes to surpass its 13-gold medal haul in 2010

PROMISING. The Philippines pins its hopes on 70 junior tankers in the 43rd SEA Age group swimming championships. Photo from Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Swimming Inc (PSI) has high hopes for the medal turnout of its junior tankers in the 43rd Southeast Asian (SEA) Age Group Swimming Championship that will be held from June 28 to 30 at the Morodok Techo Stadium Swimming Pool in Phonm Penh, Cambodia.

If we’re lucky we can get 3rd place in the overall standings,” said PSI president Lani Velasco. 

National record holders Georgia Peregrina and Desirae Mangaoang banner the 70-tanker contingent, along with other top swimmers Jerard Dominic Jacinto, Adrian Eichler, Rian Marco Tirol, Miguel Barreto, Miranda Cristina Renner, and Xiandi Chua. 

The 8 swimmers are vying for a slot in the 30th SEA Games team, which will be led by 2017 Kuala Lumpur medalists Jasmine Alkhaldi, Roxanne Yu and James Deiparine, as well as two-time Olympian Jessie Lacuna.

PSI hopes that sending a full contingent to this year’s SEA Age tournament will boost its bid to surpass the 13-gold medal haul of the 2010 team led by Lacuna. 

Twenty three swimmers will be competing in the 13 and under group, while another 23 will see action in the 14-15 age group, and 24 swimmers will participate in the 16-18 division. –



Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.