Chua clinches 6th straight gold at close of PNAG swim meet


TAGUM, Davao del Norte – Asian All-Star Swim Club’s Xiandi Chua captured her sixth straight gold medal on Sunday to emerge as the outstanding swimmer in winding up the Philippine National Age Group Swimming Championships at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex Aquatic Center here.

Chua broke away in the last 30 meters in ruling the girls 16-18 girls 100-meter freestyle in 59.83 seconds, ahead of Rizal’s Aquatic Swim Club’s Camille Lauren Buico (1:02.35) and La Salle Zobel’s Raven Faith Alcoseba (1:03.37), who finished second and third, respectively, in the meet organized by the Philippine Swimming, Inc. led by president Lani Velasco.

Also hogging the spotlight were the prolific Amoguis siblings, Liaa Margarette and Lora Micah, and Batang Pinoy Luzon leg star Aubrey Tom, who all capped their campaigns on a winning note in the swimfest supported by the Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission.

The most bemedalled swimmer in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao regionals last February, Liaa Margarette, collected the girls 11-13 800-meter freestyle (10:01.02) and 200-meter butterfly (2:33.50) mints, boosting her stash to five golds, three silvers and one bronze medal.

Not to be outdone, Lorah Micah, topped the girls 11-13 50-meter backstroke (33.37), adding her fourth gold on top of the three silvers she also won in the competition also backed by the Davao del Norte provincial government led by Gov. Anthony del Rosario.

Making a similar splash was Tom, who didn’t look the worse for wear after competing in the Batang Pinoy Luzon eliminations and swept all of her five events barely over a week ago in Ilagan, Isabela.

The Grade 6 International Learning Academy student took the girls 11-13 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle title in 29.77 seconds and 1:04.08, respectively, boosting her remarkable haul to four golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

Garnering a golden treble on the last day of the swimming championships was PCA Stingrays Swimming Club mainstay Regina Paz Castrillo, who secured victories in the girls 19-over 50-meter freestyle (28.06), 50-meter backstroke (31.45) and 100-meter freestyle (1:01.83).

“Of course, I am happy with my accomplishment but I hope to improve on my times much more,” said Chua, 17, who is keen on seeing action for the national team in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in December and is eyeing to make comeback in the high school division of the Palarong Pambansa in Davao City late next month.

Also notable was the showing of Barracuda Swimming Club’s Nimrod Montera, who snared his third mint in boys 11-13 100-meter freestyle (1:01.96) while Galaxy Starship Swimming Club’s Kyla Soguilon showed glimpses of the form that once made her a Palaro elementary school phenom in ruling the girls 14-15 50-meter back stroke event (32.24).

Velasco bared the national age group results will likewise serve as a yardstick in the formation of the PH squad that will compete in the Southeast Asian age group swimming competition scheduled in June in Cambodia.

Written by : Manolo Pedralvez

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