One of the future of Philippine Swimming, Athena Shannessa Chang, is back at what she does best, winning gold medals for Philippines at the recently concluded 49th Singapore National Age Group (12 & Under) Swimming Championships at the OCBC Aquatic Center in Singapore.
Entered in fourteen (14) individual events and two (2) relay events, the 12-year-old Pinoy swim sensation bagged 8 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medals at the swim championships participated by the best 12 year old and under swimmers in the region.
Chang delivered her golden swims at the 100m Free (1:03.87), 200m Free (2:17.27), 400m Free (4:48.91), 800m Free (10:00.04), 1500m Free (19:42.39), 200m Back (2:34.39) and in the 4x100m Medley and Freestyle Relays.
She went home with silver medals in the 50m Back (33.09), 100m Back (1:11.77), 100m Fly (1:11.45), 200m IM (2:37.88) and 400m IM (5:34.12) events; while a bronze in the 200m Fly event with 2:41.71 clocking.
She also made a respectable finish in the 50m Free and 50m Fly events, placing 5th in both events with times of 29.73 and 32.49
Chang’s 8 gold medal haul this year is a great improvement of her performance last year where she delivered 6 gold medals.
Training with Swimfast Aquatic Club in Singapore, Chang who is yet to turn 12 years old in the coming months, is focused on improving further as she aims to make the cut at this year’s 42nd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships’ Philippine Team.