The Philippine Junior Swimming team opened their campaign today with a bang, romping three gold, six silver and four bronze medals at the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships in Morodok Techno National Stadium Swimming Pool, Phom Penh, Cambodia.
Aringay, La Union’s pride, Desirae Mangaoang, went straight to business in her first swim for the country, winning the gold medal in the 16-18 Girls 50m Breaststroke event with a new Philippine National Record time of 33.20.
Seventeen-year old US based Mangaoang reset the 33.46 national record of Imelda Corazon Wistey and Thanya Angeline Dela Cruz; while at the same time breaking Raissa Regatta Gavino’s 33.56 junior national record in 16-18 Age Group Girls.
Not to be outshined, Team Philippines’ top junior Bakcstrokers Jerard Dominic Jacinto and Georgia Peregrina delivered a golden back-to-back performance in the 100m Backstroke event.
Jacinto took the gold in the 16-18 Boys division with a time of 56.92, while Peregrina reigned supreme in the close fight for the gold in the 16-18 Women’s division, finishing a 100m Back gold medal time of 1:06.00
She later on saw action in the Girls 200m Individual Medley event, and took the silver with a time of 2:23.26, making her the first double medalist at this year’s SEA Age Group Champs.
Visayas region’s pride, Rian Marco Tirol of Bohol was not sitting on his dream of making it to the Junior World’s team and SEA Games team this year, as he delivered a silver medal performance in the 16-18 Boys 50m Breaststroke event via a new Philippine Junior national record time of 29.37
Junior Worlds veteran Miranda Cristina Renner on the other hand, is back to winning medals for the country, taking the silver in the 16-18 Girls 50m Freestyle event (27.01) and a bronze in the 100m Butterfly event (1:03.81).
Swimmers to watch, Samantha Antonela Baños and Ivo Nikolai Enot pitched in a silver medal each.
Baños clocked a silver medal time of 1:03.60 in the 14-15 Girls 100m Fly event, and while Enot finished second in the 13 & Under Boys 100m Back event with 1:04.20
Philippines’ quartet of Adrian Eichler, Matthew Alumbres, Marco Daos and Miguel Barreto won the sixth silver medal of the day via a come from behind win in the Boys 4x200m Freestyle Relay event.
Barreto, the final leg swimmer, impressively overcame a 5 second-deficit and carried his team to triumph; finishing the race with a silver medal time of 7:59.51
Philippines’ Top 14-15 and 13 & Under female swimmers, Jeremiah Tandingan and Anthena Shannessa Chang, contributed a bronze medal to the opening day’s medal haul.
Tandingan took the bronze medal of the 14-15 Girls 50m Freestyle event with a time of 27.38; while Chang finished third in the 13 & Under 400m Free event with a bronze medal time of 4:40.88
Closing today’s campaign was the quartet of Xiandi Chua, Athena Chang, Jeremiah Tandingan and Janelle Lin who took the bronze of the Girls 4x200m Freestyle Relay event with a time of 8:44.97
Team Philippines’ first day campaign ended with one Senior National Record, two junior national records, and 5 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medal.
The team is already close to beating the 4-10-16 medal haul of last year’s edition.
Just on the first day of campaign, we could have equaled the 4-gold performance last year had Mishky Sy not been disqualified in the 14-15 Girls 100m Backstroke event.
Sy won the race with a time of 1:06.33, but was later on disqualified because during the start of the race, her toes were only on the wedge and did not touch the wall.
Heads up Mishka. There are still more races to win.