UAAP Season 81 swimming: Ateneo eyes championship double
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 07, 2018 01:34 PM
Ateneo hopes to achieve another golden double in the UAAP Season 81 swimming championships.
Ateneo de Manila University stakes its men's and women's crowns as the UAAP Season 81 swimming championships unwraps Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool.
The Blue Eagles ruled the men's division for the fourth straight time while the women's tankers reclaimed the throne last year.
Two-time Olympian and three-time MVP winner Jessie Khing Lacuna hopes to end his collegiate career as a winner for Ateneo, which is eyeing a sixth title overall.
Lacuna went on a seven-gold medal romp that underscored the Eagles' domination in the pool last season.
Season 79 MVP Aldo Batungbacal and last year's top rookie Miguel Barlisan will also be the vital cogs for Ateneo, which is facing a tough opposition from De La Salle University and University of the Philippines.
The Lady Eagles, who are seeking a fifth crown, hope to continue their reign behind last year's Rookie-MVP Chloe Daos.
Daos, who was a silver medalist 41st Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships last November in Brunei, became Ateneo's new swimming phenom after winning six golds and a silver.
UP and University of Santo Tomas will be Ateneo's biggest rivals in the distaff side.
UST and De La Salle-Zobel, meanwhile, will defend their boys and girls crowns, respectively
The heats will be at 8 a.m. while the finals will be at 3 p.m.