Gold standard Lacuna, towering teen Sotto make Ateneo proud as UAAP 81 Athletes of the Year

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 21, 2019 09:49 PM
Lacuna, Sotto make Ateneo proud as UAAP Athletes of the Year
Jessie King Lacuna ends his dominant run for Ateneo as UAAP 81 Athlete of the Year

Ateneo de Manila University has three of the four Athletes of the Year in UAAP 81.

Blue Eagle swimming great Jessie King Lacuna was hailed as Athlete of the Year for Collegiate Individual Sports in the closing ceremony, Tuesday at MOA Arena.

Lacuna is an Olympian and has been a mainstay for the Philippine national team in the last decade.

He had led the Katipunan-based school to five titles in men’s swimming all while amassing 35 gold medals and four MVP plums.

Meanwhile, Ateneo swept the awards in the High School Division with Kai Sotto for Team Sports and Philip Joaquin Santos for Individual Sports.

Sotto was the Season MVP in the Juniors Basketball Tournament while also leading the Blue Eaglets to a runner-up finish.

The 7-foot-2, 17-year-old is now chasing his NBA dream and is training abroad.

University of Sto. Tomas pride Sisi Rondina is the lone Athlete of the Year not hailing from Katipunan.

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