CAPAS, Tarlac — Thanya Dela Cruz broke a pre-pandemic national record in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke to set the tone on the first day of 2021 Philippine Swimming, Inc. Swimming National Selection Friday at the New Clark City Aquatic Center.
The 18-year-old from Marikina City erased the previous record with a new mark of 32.89 seconds, breaking Joy Rodgers’ 32.93 established in the very same venue back in December 2019 during the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Rodgers ended up behind Dela Cruz with a finish of 33.94 seconds.
“I am so happy because it’s been a while since the last time I competed. Coming here, I didn’t have any expectations so it’s truly great to get back the feeling,” Dela Cruz said.
“I didn’t expect to set a new record.”
The Ayala Harpoons Swim Club standout also topped the field of eight swimmers in the women’s 50-meter freestyle with 27.92 seconds, way ahead of second-placed Trixie Ortiguera of nearby Tarlac Mako Sharks SC’s 29.31 seconds.
SEA Games campaigner Sacho Ilustre clocked the fastest time in the men’s 100-meter butterfly with 57.13 seconds, just a few ticks away from upstart Joshua Ang of the Golden Sea Eagles who checked in at 57.44.
Another member of Ayala Harpoons in Miguel Barreto also held his fort in the men’s 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:07.37 as QC Buccaneers’ Chloe Daos touched at 4:39.21 to take the women’s side.
Ryan Marco Tirol, also of the Harpoons, topped the men’s 50-meter breaststroke with 30.05 seconds. Meanwhile, John Niel Paderes and Shayne Lugay won the men’s and women’s 100-meter backstroke with 1:01.22 and 1:10.38, respectively.
In the women’s 100-meter butterfly, University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 82 girls’ swimming Most Valuable Player Camille Buico dominated with 1:03.94.
Ted Laminta of the D’Ace Seahawks also finished way ahead of the pack which includes Ianiko Limfilipino (2:16.04) by clocking in at 2:13.89 in the men’s 200-meter individual medley while the lone participant in the women’s side Xiandi Chua ended with 2:25.32.
Joshua Del Rio of the Ateneo Blue Knight Swim Club finished the men’s 1500-meter freestyle with a time of 16:40.12 while 15-year-old Michaela Mojdeh topped the women’s event with 18:58.71.
The second day of the selection meet that is backed by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set on Saturday.