Phenoms of the pool

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


FOR 18 long years, Matthew Vincent Vega’s record stood in the Milo Little Olympics. Yesterday, he watched as one gifted swimmer broke two of his records in the opening of the swimming competition that saw two swimmers erase nine records.

This early, Visayas is dreaming of national finals success, thanks to Psalm Daniel Aquino of Asian College Technology and Raven Faith Alcoseba of First Chinese Royal Academy.

Aquino, 12, and the Most Outstanding Athlete (MOA) in the national finals last year, erased Vega’s record of 2:43:52 in the 200 Individual Medley with his mark of 2:37.58, and the 200m freestyle record of 2:27.50 with his time of 2:25.46.

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“It’s about time someone broke those old records,” said Vega, who is now one of the officials.

Aquino also set a record in the 400m free in 5:09.20, in the 50m backstroke in 33.91 and in the 100m butterfly in 1:11.02.

In the girls category, Alcoseba, 11, also erased a record Lynette Ang set when she wasn’t even born yet. Alcoseba won the 200 IM in 2:39.26, improving Ang’s mark of 2:41.10 set 18 years ago. She also won the 400m free in 5:04.73, almost 15 seconds better than the previous record of 5:19.07 set by Karen Indaya two years ago and shaved five seconds off the 200 freestyle record in 2:27. She also set another record in the 100m butterfly in 1:15.46.

Coach Roland Abellana Remolino said that all their sacrifices and hard work has finally paid off and that training in a 22-meter size pool in Talisay didn’t hinder them.

“What my swimmers displayed today is a reflection of their training attitudes. I always establish among my swimmers the winning attitude and discipline. And they always carry the positive mental attitude as well,” said Remolino.

Remolino hopes that his tankers will continue harvesting gold medals in the final day of competition in swimming today.

In the secondary division, University of Cebu’s (UC) Michael Ichiro Kong reset two records in the 100m butterfly in 1:03.28 and in the 200m in 2:26.37. Indaya also had another record-setting day in the 200m backstroke in 2:48.12, while University of San Carlos Basic Education Department (USC-BED) Junvic Tiro set a record in the 200m breastroke in 2:41.01.

Meanwhile, the rookie-laden Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) athletics elementary team shocked the top contenders as it won the gold medals in the shot put girls and boys division.

Egas Enrique Aliviado, 11, won the first gold medal after throwing a distance of 6.35 meters. Teammate Vince Michl Montecillo won the silver and USC-BED’s Jude Francis Caputan got the bronze.

Russel Cristy Faunillan of CIT-U took the gold medal in 6.61 meters, while teammate Stephanie Apura got the silver.

“These athletes were only recruited during their physical fitness test in the middle of June and after that, they started training in the second week of July. So with this brief training, I really didn’t expect to win a gold. I was shocked and at the same time so happy with the feat,” said Villaver.

In football, the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) displayed its football supremacy with one-sided victories. DBTC humiliated St.

Augustine International School (SAIS), 14-0, in the secondary division at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC), while it’s elementary squad routed Canduman Elementary School, 11-0.

DBTC advanced to the quarter finals in the secondary division and in semifinal round in the elementary division.

A crucial deflection by goalkeeper Joshua Fuertos helped Abellana National School (ANS)-Pomeroy advance to the next round with a 5-3 penalty shootout win over USC. (ISL/With EKA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 03, 2014.

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