Jessica Geriane breaks PH backstroke record in silver medal finish

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) – Filipino swimmer Jessica Geriane achieved two milestones in her career in the 31st Southeast Asian Games swimming competitions on Sunday at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Geriane took home the country’s first silver medal in swimming in the the biennial sports after finishing with a time of 29.35 seconds in the women’s 50-meter backstroke event.

Her time also broke the national record in the women’s 50-meter backstroke category, previously held by two-time Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi with 29.53 seconds.

Geriane earlier reset the national record in the event’s preliminary round, where she clocked in 29.38 seconds.

Indonesia won the gold and bronze medals of the event courtesy of Masniari Wolf (29.21 seconds) and Anak Agung Istri Kania Ratih Atmaja (29.59 seconds), respectively.

Chloe Isleta, the other Filipino swimmer in the women’s 50-meter backstroke event, placed fourth with a time of 29.74 seconds.

The Philippine swimming team has so far won two medals, one from Geriane and a bronze medal from Miranda Renner in the women’s 100-meter freestyle event on Saturday.