CAL Teams End Their 2015 Season On a High Note

All CAL teams worked together and finished their 2015 season with incredible performances at the 6th Speedo Short Course National Championship last December 10-13, at the Valle Verde Country Club.
With a total of 90 CAL qualifiers for the 2015 Short Course Nationals, our teams and coaches of Ayala Harpoons Swim Club (AHSC) led by Candice Esguerra, Celebrity Rapids Swim Club (CRSC) led by Jonathan de Guzman, Galaxy Starships Swim Club (GSTSC) led by Kiel Anoos, QCSC Buccaneers Swim Club led by Sherwyn Santiago, VSC Sail Fish led by Jun Gacayan and Xavier School Swim Club (XSSC) led by Marichi Gandionco, accumulated a plethora of personal best swims, numerous medals, -also landing the top two places for the competition’s team standings.
Continuing their winning streak are the reigning champions, Ayala Harpoons Swim Club with 1429 points, followed by the Xavier School Swim Club with 1005 points. Both teams also earned the 2015’s first and second Best Team Awards given by the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) as the team’s with the most accumulated points on both National meets.

IMG_7642 IMG_7643As for the Short Course Nationals IMX winners, 7 out of the 16 winners are our own CAL members who are composed of: 12 year old Chesca Baccay (QCSC), 14 year old Keane Cedric Ting (XSSC), 15 year old Dara Nichelle Carreon (XSSC), 16 year old Kirsten Chloe Daos (QCSC), 17 year olds John Carlo Doragos & Raegan Gavino (AHSC), and 18 year old Vincent Dy (CRSC). These swimmers have earned the highest FINA points in the combined events mandatory events for their age group.
PSI also awarded swimmers who have reached the AAAA motivational times of the G-League series for the year 2015, which is the highest level of standard times a swimmer can achieve in his/her age group category. The CAL swimmers who made it to the Quad A Squad were Miguel Arellano (AHSC), Miguel & Rafael Barreto (AHSC), Kyle Barraza (QCSC), Aldo Batungbacal (XSSC), Armand Pierre Chan (QSCS), Kirsten Chloe Daos (QCSC), John Carlo Doragos (AHSC), Raissa & Roman Rafael Gavino (AHSC), Maia Nerr (GSTSC), Gerard Reyes (AHSC), Keane Ting (XSSC) and Phillip Joaquin Yu-Santos (AHSC).
CAL Swim school also went international with meets such as the Malaysian Open, South East Asian Games and ASEAN School Games. At the Malaysian Open last March 2015, Jessie Lacuna garnered 2 gold medals, Hannah with 1 silver and 2 bronzes and our CAL junior national team member Chloe and Raine with 1 bronze medal each. 
A few months later in Singapore, our CAL seniors Hannah Dato (AHSC), Jessie Lacuna (AHSC), Axel Ngui (XSSC) along with Raine Gavino represented our country at the 2015 South East Asian Games where Jessie captured 2 silver medals with Olympic B qualifying B cuts for the 400 Freestyle and 200 IM, and Hannah along with her relay teammates finished third at the 4×100 Women’s Medley relay
CAL ladies Portia Doragos (AHSC), Kayla Taguibao (XSSC) and Nadine Tee Ten (XSSC) participated at the 7th ASEAN School Games in Brunei, qualifying for the finals session and swimming personal bests for their respective events.
A special mention to the Quad A squad seniors, Malaysian Open finalists & medalists, SEA Games finalists & medalists, and Japan World Cup participants Hannah Dato, Jessie Lacuna, and Axel Ngui for being positive influences to their younger CAL teammates as well as setting the bars high in making goals as well as achieving them this year. We are hoping that more of our CAL hopefuls will follow their footsteps but remain humble and  gracious as they reach higher levels in their swimming careers.
The year 2015 has blessed the CAL Swim School with exceptional performances, new additions to the family and stronger relationships that make us look forward for what 2016 will bring. We thank everyone who showed unending understanding and support to our family, and for helping each other become better people in and out of the water. Let us look forward to another great year!
#CALNation is #CALforever !!
Written by Marichi Gandionco

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