Philippine Junior national record holder Samantha Therese Coronel won Team Philippines’ first swimming gold medal at the 11th ASEAN Schools Games in Semarang, Indonesia, Sunday afternoon.
Seeded third going to the afternoon finals with prelims time of 1:08.02, Coronel, the bronze medalist of last year’s edition, made sure to deliver a solid performance this year and dominated the pack to clinch the gold with a time of 1:06.59, way ahead Indonesia’s Azmina Primidit Ulol who took the silver with 1:07.80 clocking.
Another PH Junior national record holder, Mishka Sy, made Philippines’ victory in the Girls 100m Backstroke sweeter as she also took home the bronze with her time of 1:07.84.
In what appeared to have been a 1-2 finish for Team Philippines, Sy lost to Ulol by 0.04 seconds for the silver.
Narrowly missing a podium finish were Jordan Ken Lobos and Camille Lauren Buico.
In the Boys 200m Breaststroke finals, Lobos figured in a very close fight for bronze with Indonesia’s Andi Nurriz, which ended with Nurriz taking the bronze (2:24.02) and Lobos in 4th place (2:24.90)
Buico also had a close fight for the bronze with another Indonesian swimmer in the Girls 50m Butterfly finals, wherein Buico eventually finished 4th with 29.17 and Hannah Purn of Indonesia clocking 29.09 for the bronze. Day two 100m Fly bronze medalist, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh finished 8th with 29.67)
Mojdeh again saw action in the Girls 200m IM finals where she clocked 2:30.50 and placed 8th.
Day one 200m Back bronze medalist, Phillip Joaquin Santos, placed 5th in the 100m Back finals (59.60) while Francis Steven Ho 1:01.79 for 9th place.
Both also saw action in the Boys 200m IM Finals along with Steven Francis Ho where they finished 7th and 9th with 2:16.14 and 2:17.27.
Mervien Jules Mirandilaa clocked 26.17 in the Boys 50m Butterfly finals to place 6th, while fellow Swim Pinas swimmer John Neil Paderes timed 27.72 in the morning prelims.
Thanya Angelyn Dela Cruz clocked 2:51.34 in the Girls 200m Breaststroke event.
With a day to go before the end of the competition, the Philippine Swimming Team has already won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals; surpassing the 2 silver and 8 bronze medal haul last year.
This year’s team is being mentored by coaches Virgilio De Luna and Marichi Gandiongco, along with Team Managers Leo Angelo Semarang and Buddy Arcangel.
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