The Philippine Junior tankers ended their campaign today on a high note, doubling their gold medal production this year at the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships held at the Morodok Techno National Swimming Pool in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
At home soil last year, the team went to bag 4 gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze medals.
This year, the Philippine Swimming Junior Team bagged 8 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze medals.
This is by far the highest gold medal haul for the country after nine years of winning around 0 to 4 gold medals only every year.
Taking the lead of the gold medal production on the last day of the championships were day one gold medalists Jerard Dominic Jacinto and Desirae Mangaoang.
Jacinto, the top backstroker in the country, clinched the 16-18 Boys 50m Backstroke gold with a time of 26.40; while Mangaoang reigned supreme in the 16-18 Girls 200m Breaststroke event with a gold medal time of 2:34.38.
Mangaoang then teamed up with Mishka Sy, Samantha Baños and Jeremiah Tandingan to deliver a sterling gold medal performance in the Girls 4x100m Medley Relay, where they powered their way to a gold medal time of 4:19.25; closely breaking the SEA Age Group Record of 4:18.91
With Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) having five slots for the girls team at the up coming Junior World Championships, and with Mangaoang the only female candidate who will most likely hit the qualifying standards; it won’t be surprising if PSI would consider sending Sy, Baños and Tandingan to Uzbekistan because of their super impressive performance for the past three days at the championships.
Since day one, Baños has been winning medals for the country, and on the last day of the championships today, she again delivered a bronze in the 14-15 Girls 200m Butterfly event with a time of 2:20.15.
Tandingan on the other hand propelled her way to another Philippine Junior National record today, this time resetting the 14-15 Girls 100m Freestyle record to 58.90 to take the bronze.
Another consistent medalists at the championships, Liaa Margarette Amoguis and Ivo Nikolai Enot did not allow the last day to end without climbing the medal podium.
Liaa Amoguis finished second in the 13 & Under Girls 200m Butterfly event with a silver medal time of 2:29.81; while Enot nearly broke the 29.57 junior national record of the 13 & Under Boys 50m Backstroke event, clocking a silver medal time of 29.86
Under the leadership of PSI President Lailani Velasco, and mentored by coaches Sherwyn John Santigao, Jericho Escobar, Jenny Guerrero, Mar Casas, Noel Ilustre, Gary Domingo, Haroon Cali, Malco Dacanay, Jeff Lao, Aissa Rivera, and Team Managers Doll De Guzman and Ronald Guiriba; the Philippine Junior Swimming Team signed-off this year’s SEA Age Group campaign with (1) Seniors National Record, four (5) Junior National Records; and won 8 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze medals.