DAGUPAN CITY: Six swimmers who won eight gold medals among themselves, together with 18 other athletes sent by Dagupan City to the Batang Pinoy 2016 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte on November 27 to December 2 were honored here Monday like returning heroes during a program at the city plaza after the flag-raising ceremony.
All the athletes, their trainors and coaches were presented to Mayor Belen Fernandez by Finnela Sim, chair of the Dagupan City Sports Commission.
The gold medalists were led by Janelle Frances Lin, a 12-year-old Grade 7 student of the Genesis School in Dagupan City who made phenomenal performances by winning four gold medals, three of which were three national record-breaking feats.
A toast of the Dagupan City swimming team, Lin broke the national record of two minutes, 38.25 seconds registered in the 200-meter individual medley registered by Erin Castillo of Manila in 2012 by negotiating the distance in two minutes and 25.87 seconds.
She also rewrote the record in 200 meter backstroke registered in 2012 by Marie Olegario of San Juan who negotiated the distance in 39.22 seconds by a record of 2:35.19 in the 200 meters.
She also registered a new record in 200 meter freestyle of 2:18.178, eclipsing the record of Aubrey Bermejo of Iligan City who won it last year, shattering a then 14-year record for that event.
Lin also won the gold in the 200-meter backstroke and the 200-meter butterfly.
Lin said in last year’s Batang Pinoy, her best finish was fourth in one event while in the 2016 Palarong Pambasa when she was yet 11 years old, she won one gold, three silver and one bronze medals.
The other gold medals for Dagupan were won by Paul Andrew Rioflorido of Lyceum Northwestern University, John Carlo Rioflorido of Phinma University of Pangasinan, Anton Louis Vivencio Villaflor, and Carlo Jizmundo of La Marea, all in the 4 x 50 medley.
The other silver medal was won for Dagupan by Rianna Casipit of the Dominican School in the 50-meter breast stroke.
Meanwhile, the two bronze medals won by Team Dagupan were both won by LNU’s Paul Andrew Riolforidoi who placed third in 500 and 200 meter breast stroke.
Ms. Sim said Dagupan sent only 23 athletes to the Batang Pinoy 2016 and most of them won medals and the other were top finalists in their events.
Mequizedick Macam of the Pantal Elementary School was top 10 finalist in chess in the 12 years old under while Maycydel Fajardo was top 10 finalist in standard, Rapid and Blitz categories in chess.
On the other hand, she said, it was only on three-on-three basketball that Dagupan did not make their mark.
Mayor Fernandez said the city will give cash incentives to the athletes who won in the Batang Pinoy 2016.
There were more than 12,000 athletes from all over the country who saw action at the Batang pinoy 2016.