UP, Ateneo rule UAAP swimming-A A +A
Monday, October 1, 2012
MANILA -- Rookie sensation Axel Ngui towed Ateneo de Manila to its first UAAP men's swimming title while University of the Philippines ruled for the fourth straight year on Sunday at the Trace Aquatics Center in Los Baños, Laguna.
Ngui, a prized recruit from Xavier School, collected six golds and a silver medal to lead the charge for the Eagles, who amassed 365 points. In second place was La Salle with 347 points while UP took third with 286.
In the distaff side, the Lady Maroons dominated the pool with 568 points to overwhelm neighboring school Ateneo, which ended up with 326 points and La Salle, which had 196 points in third place.
"The hard work of the girls paid off. They always strive to work harder," said UP coach Noel Rivera.
En route to its 13th women’s crown, UP posted a fresh record in the 400-meter medley relay courtesy of Whitney Dy, Tiara Tudio, Dennice Cordero and Tin Hipol with a time of 4:39.97.
Delia Cordero also won the Rookie-MVP plum.
La Salle tanker Johansen Aguilar, meanwhile, was named back-to-back MVP after bagging seven gold medals.
What sealed Aguilar's victory was last Saturday's 400-meter individual medley event where he beat Ngui with a time of 4:43.11, a new league record. Ngui settled for silver with 4:48.36.
Ateneo and University of the East won the titles in the boys and girls division, respectively. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)