Ateneo splashes twin titles in UAAP swimming

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 25, 2015 07:25 PM
Ateneo splashes twin titles in UAAP swimming
Axel Ngui contributed gold medals in the 50-meter backstroke (26.57) and 50-meter freestyle (23.23) for Ateneo de Manila's second straight UAAP men's swimming title.

Ateneo de Manila, with MVPs Jessie Lacuna and Hannah Dato leading the way, completed another championship double at the end of the UAAP Season 78 swimming competitions Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool.      

Dominating right from the start, the Blue Eagles tallied 563 points to capture a second straight men's crown and third overall.     

A former Olympian, the 21-year old Lacuna captured his seventh and final gold in the in the 200-meter butterfly with a clocking of 2:06.37.      

In Day 3 on Saturday, Lacuna also bagged golds in record fashion in the 50-meter butterfly (25.31 seconds) and 400-meter individual medley (4:25.89), aside from topping the 200-meter freestyle event.     

Aldo Batungbacal, who shattered the long-standing 1,500-meter freestyle record held by National University's Cesar Palacios (16:55.53) with a new mark of 16:49.89 to easily win the gold, also shone for Ateneo.      

Also winning golds for the Eagles in the final day are Axel Ngui in the 50-meter backstroke (26.57) and 50-meter freestyle (23.23), Gian Silva in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:23.03) and 4x400-meter medley relay (4:06.07).      

De La Salle is far second with 286 points while University of the Philippines took the third place trophy with 199 points.      

The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, overcame a late surge by the Lady Maroons to clinch a second straight women's tiara.      

Ateneo, which also captured its third title overall in the distaff side, finished with 428 points, nine points ahead of UP, which settled for the runner-up honors with 419.       

Also bagging seven gold is back-to-back MVP Hannah Dato, who ruled in the 200-meter butterfly (2:23.21) and set a new mark in the 50-meter freestyle (26.62), erasing Ateneo's Jasmine Ong's old record of 27.05.       

A 20-year old charmer, Dato in Day 3 won gold medals in the 50-meter butterfly (27.66) and 400-meter individual medley (5:03.71), which are all new UAAP marks.       

Dato's teammate Raegan Gavino was named the Rookie of the Year.       

The Lady Archers wound up third with 177 points.       

The Blue Eaglets extended their reign in the boys division to 11 years, tallying 293 points.       

Ateneo's 14-year old sensation Rafael Barreto reset the old boys' 50-meter freestyle held by Ryan Papa (24.87) by recording a gold medal finish of 24.43.      

La Salle-Zobel (293), bannered by MVP Sacho Ilustre, and University of Santo Tomas took (241) took podium finishes.      

In the girls division, the Junior Tigresses, led by MVP Camille Buico, retained the crown with 422 points, beating the Junior Archers (298) and UP Integrated School (289) in the process.

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