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Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up

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After day two of the four-day UAAP Swimming Championship, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Tankers racked up even more points to pull away from challengers De La Salle University and University of the Philippines in the Men’s Division. On the other hand, the UP Fighting Maroons began to close the gap on the Ateneo Lady Tankers in the Women’s Division.

The Men’s Division competition looks more like a fight for the runners-up spot, as Ateneo added another four gold medals, two of them in UAAP record fashion, and two silver and bronze medals each. DLSU remains on top of UP in second after collecting one gold, silver and bronze medal each.

Like the previous day, Axel Ngui started things off for the Blue Tankers with a record-breaking win in the 400m Freestyle, after surpassing teammate Jessie Lacuna’s year-old UAAP mark of 4:04.86 with his time of 4:04.86. Rookie teammate Eman Dapat was a far second in 4:16.09, just enough to hold of Jux Solita of UST who clocked 4:18.40.

But the story of the day has to be the record-breaking win of débutante Carlo Silva of Ateneo, who surpassed the eleven year old record of UP Olympian Timmy Chua in the 50m Breaststroke by finishing in 29.69 seconds during the preliminary session. He came back in the afternoon finals session to register a time of 29.76, ahead of UST rookie Skyler Claveria (30.27) and Aldo Batungbacal (30.41). Silva is a graduate of Ramona High School in the US and had to serve a year of residency last season.

Ateneo’s Jessie Lacuna was back to winning ways as he dominated the 100m Butterfly, finishing in 55.93 seconds. DLSU’s Red Silvestre went second in 58.74 seconds while UP’s Lans Donato managed a time of 59.79 seconds.

DLSU rookie Neil Puyo prevented another gold medal sweep by Ateneo as he sped to a 2:10.98 finish in the 200m Backstroke, touching ahead of Ateneo’s Getty Reyes (2:12.10) and Brandon Sing (2:14.02).

Day two ended with another Ateneo record-breaking win as Brandon Sing, Justin Sy, Getty Reyes and Paolo Mutuc teamed up in the 400m Freestyle Relay for a gold medal and record breaking time of 3:43.54. UP’s Lans Donato, Joshua Balinas, Joaquin Burgos and Alfred Rojo went second in 3:45.80 while DLSU’s John Velecina, Jose Mari Ereneta, Troy Espiritu and Red Silvestre touched next in 3:45.82.

In the Women’s Division, UP started to close the gap, as in the previous season, even as Ateneo continued to collect gold medals. UP landed two gold medals, one of them a record-breaker, two silver medals and one bronze medal. Ateneo, on the other hand, gathered three gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal.

Ateneo’s Kim Uy led from start to finish in the 400m Freestyle to register a time of 4:40.44 ahead of teammate Romina Gavino (4:44.56) and UST’s Angelic Saavedra (4:46.62).

In the 50m Breaststroke, UP’s Joy Rodgers broke the record of former teammate Denjylie Cordero in the morning preliminaries by clocking 33.62. She went on to win the afternoon finals after getting a time of 34.18. Ateneo’s Ramona Datu squeezed past the Fighting Maroons’ dominance in the event to emerge as the silver medalist with a time of 35.64 while UP’s Teresa Dela Rosa won the bronze medal in 35.69.

Hannah Dato of Ateneo continued her supremacy in the 100m Butterfly as she sped to a time of 1:02.39, leaving the rest of the field to vie for silver. Kyla Taguibao of UP emerged victorious in second with a time of 1:08.05, while Romina Gavino of Ateneo got in third at 1:08.49.

Like last year, Ateneo’s Ariana Herranz reigned supreme in the 200m Backstroke by leading from start to finish on her way to a time of 2:26.58. Taguibao again won silver with her time of 2:29.78 while DLSU’s Cathy Bondad took the bronze in 2:34.42.

The 400m Freestyle Relay provided enough excitement to end the day as the teams of UP (Monica Padilla, Teresa Dela Rosa, Michaela Alcover and Ariana Canaya) and Ateneo (Andee Torres, Hannah Castaneda, Shayn Ting and Shaye Uy) engaged in a tight battle for the gold. UP would prevail in this one with a time of 4:15.75 against Ateneo’s 4:17.01.

By the day’s end, Ateneo racked up 246 points against DLSU’s 121 and UP’s 89 in the Men’s Division. The Women’s Division is a contrasting story as UP now has 178 points, cutting the 55 point lead established by Ateneo in the first day to 45. Ateneo ended with a total of 223 points while DLSU was third at 74 points.

Day Three of the UAAP Swimming Championship continues at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Complex, where the medals for 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 400m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle Relay are up for grabs.

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Event 21 Men’s 400 Meter Free
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Ngui, Axel Toni Steven (ADMU) 4:04.45 – NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Dapat, Eman Nuellito (ADMU) 4:16.09
BRONZE – Solita, Jux (UST) 4:18.40

Event 22 Women’s 400 Meter Free
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Uy, Kimberly (ADMU) 4:40.44
SILVER – Gavino, Romina Rafaelle (ADMU) 4:44.56
BRONZE – Saavedra, Mary Angelic (UST) 4:46.62

Event 25 Men’s 50 Meter Breast
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Silva, Gian Carlo (ADMU) 29.76
SILVER – Claveria, Skyler (UST) 30.27
BRONZE – Batungbacal, Alberto (ADMU) 30.41

Event 26 Women’s 50 Meter Breast
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Rodgers, Joy (UP) 34.18
SILVER – Datu, Ramona Angelina (ADMU) 35.64
BRONZE – Dela Rosa, Ma. Teresa (UP) 35.69

Event 29 Men’s 100 Meter Fly
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Lacuna, Jessie Khing (ADMU) 55.93
SILVER – Silvestre, Leon Red (DLSU) 58.74
BRONZE – Donato, Lans Rawlin (UP) 59.79

Event 30 Women’s 100 Meter Fly
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Dato, Hannah (ADMU) 1:02.39
SILVER – Taguibao, Janna Mikayla (UP) 1:08.05
BRONZE – Gavino, Romina Rafaelle (ADMU) 1:08.49

Event 33 Men’s 200 Meter Back
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Puyo, Arian Neil (DLSU) 2:10.98
SILVER – Reyes, Gerard Christo (ADMU) 2:12.10
BRONZE – Sing, Brandon Willis (ADMU) 2:14.02

Event 34 Women’s 200 Meter Back
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Herranz, Ariana (ADMU) 2:26.58
SILVER – Taguibao, Janna Mikayla (UP) 2:29.78
BRONZE – Bondad, Catherine (DLSU) 2:34.42

Event 37 Men’s 400 Meter Free Relay
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Sing, Brandon Willis, Sy, Justin Vito, Reyes, Gerard Christoffe, & Mutuc, Paolo Gabriel (ADMU) 3:43.54 NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Donato, Lans Rawlin, Balinas, Joshua Chace, Burgos, Joaquin Miguel, & Rojo, Alfred Valentin (UP) 3:45.80
BRONZE – Velecina, John Edward, Ereneta, Jose Mari Luis, Espiritu, Troy Jordan, & Silvestre, Leon Red (DLSU) 3:45.82

Event 38 Women’s 400 Meter Free Relay
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up
GOLD – Padilla, Monica, Dela Rosa, Ma. Teresa, Alcover, Michaela Alyssa, & Canaya, Ariana Mikaela (UP) 4:15.75
SILVER – Torres, Maria Andrea Katrina, Castaneda, Hannah Emmanuelle, Ting, Shayn, & Uy, Shaye Chantal (ADMU) 4:17.01
BRONZE – Rivera, Dominique Joyce, Belen, Althea Aira, Aguelo, Katrina Nicole, & Gubat, Isabelle (UST) 4:24.67

Men’s DivisionWomen’s Division
1. Ateneo de Manila University246 points1. Ateneo de Manila University223 points
2. De La Salle University1212. University of the Philippines178
3. University of the Philippines893. De La Salle University74
4. University of Santo Tomas524. University of Santo Tomas56
5. National University515. University of the East16
6. Adamson University10
7. University of the East8

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Aldo is an ultimate sports enthusiast who watches and plays a multitude of sports like basketball, volleyball, swimming and water polo. His heart bleeds blue as he graduated in Jesuit institutions and is currently employed in one. Purefoods (or whatever name they call it now) in the PBA and the LA Lakers in the NBA are his favorite basketball teams.

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