Davao tanker wins UAAP MVP award-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
FORMER Davao City standout Anna Celina Gonzalez was hailed most valuable player in the just-concluded University Athletic Association of the Philippines (Uaap) swimming competition in Manila over the weekend.
The 20-year-old 4th year BS Psychology student collected a total of four gold medals in 50 meter (m) butterfly, 50 m. backstroke, 50 m. freestyle and 100 m. butterfly events. She also copped two silvers in women's 200 m. freestyle and 200 m. individual medley (IM).
Gonzalez, thus, helped Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) grab the runner-up honors in women's division of the swimfest.
Her recent feats surpassed her three-gold, three-silver output last year.
"Well if it's not the best, this is definitely the most memorable Uaap for me. Super daming issues and marami ding mga malalakas na kalaban so I wasn't sure if I could win the MVP. But everything just went into place in the end and I'm very happy that I was able to do my best with the help of may family, coach and teammates,"Gonzalez said in a Facebook chat interview Monday with Sun.Star Davao.
It was the fourth Uaap stint for the ex-AdDU mainstay who captured gold medals for the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) in past Palarong Pambansa stagings. It was she and cousin Jose Joaquin "Joboy" Gonzalez who were consistent in bringing medals for Davraa in the nationwide school-based sportsfest for elementary and High School students.
Since they left to study in Manila though, they also left a vacuum as Davraa's swimming team continues to struggle to snatch a gold medal in recent Palaro editions. (MLSA)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 25, 2013.