CAL Contributes at the 42nd SEA Age Group With Performance & Leadership

A week has gone by and it is still fresh on everyone’s mind, this event is still being talked about. Last July 6-8, 2018, Philippines hosted the 42nd South East Asian Age Group Swimming Championships at Trace College in Los Baños, Laguna. Eleven CAL swimmers from Ayala Harpoons, Celebrity Rapids, QCSC Buccaneers and Rising Atlantis Swim Club have qualified and represented our country for this competition. 

CAL Swim School’s SEA Age qualifiers are divided into different age groups with Juan Marco Daos representing the 13 & Under category. The 14-15 years CAL tankers include Kristina Francheska Baccay, Miguel Barreto, Camille Lauren Buico, Maria Consuelo Neri and Armand Pierre Chan. The CAL swimmers for the 16-18 years age group consist of SEA Age veterans Raissa Regatta Gavino, Gabriel Guerrero, Ianiko Limfilipino, Phillip Joaquin Santos and Keane Cedric Ting. CAL coaches Marichi Gandionco and Sherwyn Santiago have also been selected to coach the Philippine team for this meet. Our CAL swimmers displayed stellar performances with numerous best times and fast racing. 

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Phillip Joaquin Santos bagged the silver medal at the Men’s 200-meter Backstroke for the 16-18 age group with a time of 2:06.80, narrowly missing the current Philippine Record of 2:05.79 set by Ryan Papa over 20 years ago. Camille Lauren Buico produced two individual and two relay bronze medals that torpedoed the team Philippines’ medal haul to 27 medals after two days of competition. Miguel Barreto had the fastest 200 meter Freestyle split that led the team to a third place finish at the Men’s 4×200 Freestyle with a time of 1 minute and 56 seconds. First time SEA Age participant Marco Daos erased all his previous best times at this meet including a new Junior Philippine Record for the Boys 13 & Under 200-meter Freestyle with a time of 2:05.96. 

One important aspect of making a big team succeed is having the right leadership. This year, the Philippine Team’s head coach was  Sherwyn Santiago and two of the four team captains were our very own Raissa Regatta Gavino and Ianiko Limfilipino, who guided the delegation to achieve its biggest medal haul in the last 8 years with 30 medals. With a team of 77 swimmers and 14 coaches, these leaders significantly helped in uniting the team and guiding the team to work well together by bringing out the best in each other. 

CAL Swim School congratulates team Philippines as they finished 5th overall with 4 gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze medals. Great job everybody! 

words by: Marichi Gandionco

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