The Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) has been thrilled with the results of its recent Philippine National Age Group (PNAG) Championships, when a number of young people have created national symbols.
James Ray Mishael Ajido of Antipolo Gems Sea Scorpions set a time of 27.18 seconds after breaking a 50-meter butterfly in the boys’ 11-13 age bracket, setting two national records in 2018 after being removed by Arbin Miguel Thrulen in 27.75 seconds. Also resetting the boys’ 11-13 200m backstroke at 2:20.38, Ivo briefly defeated Nikolai Enot’s 2019 time at 2: 20.61.
Joshua Gabriel Ang of the Golden Sea Eagles set a national record by touching the 16-18 year old boys in the 50m butterfly in 25.10 seconds, erasing the 25.43 second mark set by Rafael Barreto in 2018.
“The success of PNAG has served as an indicator for PSI that the swimming community is ready to get back on track,” said PSI President Lani Velasco. “Our historic exploits at the 30th SEA (Southeast Asian) Games in December 2019, Luke Gabby’s bold performance at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 and the rules of remediation, the remarkable swimming of our representatives in FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming. The Championship (25 m) in December 2021, and another historic race by our recently concluded 31st SEA Games, especially by our female athletes, has given our grassroots swimmers a lot of inspiration and hope. ”
And with the next SEA Games set to take place next year, PSI is expected to unveil more gems as it prepares for its premier national tournament, the Grand Prix.
“The PSI Grand Prix is our main event to identify grassroots talent, committed to a resumption,” Velasco said. “As we enter the second half of 2022, we expect more regular events and activities from PSI.”
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