Ateneo tankers sizzle in UAAP swimming

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 23, 2015 08:52 PM
Ateneo tankers sizzle in UAAP swimming
Last season's women's MVP Hannah Dato of Ateneo continued to dominate the competition in the UAAP swimming competition.

Ateneo de Manila University pulled away in the men's and women's division race after Day 1 of the UAAP Season 78 swimming championships at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool on Thursday.

With reigning MVP Jessie Khing Lacuna leading the charge, the back-to-back seeking Blue Eagles tallied 122 points, 55 ahead of second-running De La Salle (67).

Lacuna won the gold in the 100-meter freestyle in record fashion, as the former London Olympian shattered University of the Philippines standout Ken Uy's 2008 mark of 52.3 seconds with a time of 51.66 seconds, beating his teammate Axel Ngui, who finished with 52.14 seconds for the silver medal.

In the 200-meter individual medley, Lacuna splashed home with 2:06.50 for his second gold, defeating fellow Atenean Aldo Batungbacal (2:09.47) in the process.

The Eagles also swept the relay events, topping the 4x200-meter medley (1:49.66) and 4x800-meter freestyle (8:14.58)

The Fighting Maroons are running third with 40 points, while debuting National University has 25 points in fourth spot.

Powered by last season's MVP Hannah Dato, Ateneo is also lording in the distaff side with 121 points, with UP in far second with 66 points.

A three-time ASEAN University Games gold medalist, Dato reset the three-year old 200-meter freestyle record by former Lady Eagle Jasmine Ong (59.12) by recording 58.48 seconds to outlast Lady Maroon Winona Tee Ten, who settled for silver with 1:01.66.

The charming Dato also ruled the 200-meter individual medley with 2:21.92, while last season's top rookie Ariana Herranz set up for Ateneo's 1-2 finish in the said event by finishing with 2:31.67 for the silver medal.

The Lady Eagles, who are also gunning for a second straight crown, took the gold in the 4x800-meter free with a time of 9:19.13.

Running third are the Lady Archers with  38 points, while University of Santo Tomas has 31 points in fourth spot.

In the boys division, titleholder Ateneo (101) is also making waves, leading against its closest pursuers De La Salle-Zobel (69)and UST (50).

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