Swimmer Nicole Oliva places 6th in YOG
BUENOS AIRES — Nicole Oliva made the country proud by qualifying in the 400-meter freestyle event against the world’s best junior swimmers in the 2018 Youth Olympics at the Olympic Park here.
The 16-year-old didn’t land a medal but her sixth-place finish and clocking of 4:16.61 seconds was enough to provide hope that the national swimming team can cling on in future meets.
“We have somebody special here after she swam faster in all her races,” said Philippine Swimming Inc. president Lani Velasco. “We didn’t expect this. Nicole is the first Filipina to qualify in four QTAs (qualifying time A).”
Oliva also qualified in the finals of the 200m freestyle and swam in the heats of the 100m and 800m freestyle.
After a promising stint in these Games wherein the trip of the Filipino athletes were bankrolled by the Philippine Sports Commission, Oliva will compete in the Olympic trials in the United States February next year.
She will also participate in the SEA Age Group Championships in Cambodia in July as well as the 2019 SEA Games.