Update: Jinq En Phee won the 100-meter breast with a meet record time (1:09.00) and also finished as the runner-up in the final of the 50 breast with a new Malaysia record (31.54).
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Before returning to campus for the new school year, Purdue swimmer Jinq En Phee will represent her homeland Malaysia in the breaststroke events at the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
Phee is scheduled to compete in the 50, 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. Her first event is the 50 breast, with prelims set for Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. local time in Kuala Lumpur. The 100 is Thursday and the 200 Friday.
An Olympian in 2016, Phee became the first female swimmer with a Purdue connection to compete at the Olympic Games since 2000. She qualified for Rio de Janeiro via her national record (1:08.65) in the 100-meter breast, a mark she established while winning the event at the 2016 Malaysian Games.
Phee joins Joe Cifelli, Emily Meaney and Kaersten Meitz as active members of the Purdue swimming & diving programs competing at prominent meets in Asia this month. Cifelli, Meaney and Meitz are representing the Boilermakers at the World University Games. Both Kuala Lumpur and Taipei are in a time zone 12 hours ahead of the USA's Eastern Time Zone.
The Southeast Asian Games is a biennial event that debuted as the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games in 1959. Malaysia is hosting for the first time since 2001. The SEA Games features 404 events in 38 sports and athletes from 11 nations, headlined by Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. China, Japan and South Korea are not represented.
Phee moved into sixth place in program history in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.08) during her freshman season at Purdue. As an NCAA provisional-qualifying time, it helped her earn honorable mention Scholar All-America accolades from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. At the Big Ten Championships, she was the runner-up in the B final of the 100 breast and helped the Boilermakers post the second-fastest time in program history in the 400 medley relay.
Phee won three silver medals at the 2014 Southeast Asian age group swimming championships.
JINQ AT SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES
All Days/Times Converted to USA's Eastern Time Zone
50 Breast Prelims: Monday, Aug. 21
50 Breast Final: Tuesday, Aug. 22 -- Finished 2nd with Malaysian-record time of 31.54
100 Breast Prelims: Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 9:40 p.m.
100 Breast Final: Thursday, Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. -- Event winner with meet-record time of 1:09.00
200 Breast Prelims: Thursday, Aug. 24 at 9:40 p.m.
4x100 Medley Relay Prelims: Thursday, Aug. 24 at 10:15 p.m. (Participation TBD)
200 Breast Final: Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.m.
4x100 Medley Relay Final: Friday, Aug. 25 at 8:15 a.m. (Participation TBD)