By Emil C. Noguera Reporter
The Philippines won seven gold, nine silver and 22 bronze medals in the 2013 Mantas Invitational Swimming Meet recently held at the Tung Chung Swimming Pool in Hong Kong.
Veteran campaigner Axel Toni Steven Ngui of Ateneo de Manila University spearheaded the country’s campaign with five golds on top of one silver and two bronzes.
Ngui, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines 800-meter (m) freestyle record holder, topped the boys’ 15-19 100m freestyle (54.30), 50m backstroke (29.85), 200m freestyle (2:01.14), 100m backstroke (1:06.42) and 50m freestyle (25.28).
He finished second in the 200m individual medley (2:20.75) and ranked third in the 50m butterfly (28.06) and 100m butterfly (1:01.75) events.
Palarong Pambansa gold medalist Jeremy Lim also made his presence felt by winning the boys’ 15-19 100m butterfly gold medal in 1:0.22 before copping silver medal in the 50m butterfly (27.84) and bronzes in the 100m freestyle (57.28), 200m freestyle (2:06.02), 50m freestyle (25.87), 200m individual medley (2:24.77), 50m breaststroke (33.43) and 100m breaststroke (1:16.52).
Romina Rafaelle Gavino bagged the team’s seventh gold as she dominated the girls’ 15-19 100m butterfly category in 1:13.18. Gavino also got silvers in the 200m freestyle (2:25.29) and 200m individual medley (2:45.83), and a couple of bronzes in the 50m breaststroke (41.54) and 50m butterfly (32.64).
Mari Glycel So contributed three silver medals by winning the girls’ 15-19 50m freestyle (29.65), 50m butterfly (32.00) and 100m butterfly (1:14.80), while Raissa Regatta Gavino (girls’ 11-12 200m individual medley, 2:41.61) and Andrea Ann Tiffany Ngui (girls’ 15-19 50m backstroke, 36.04) chipped in one silver medal each.
The other bronze medal winners are Roman Rafael Gavino (boys’ 13-14 200m individual medley), Althea Baluyut (girls’ 9-10 50m butterfly), Daryl James Concepcion (boys’ 11-12 50m backstroke), Gerard Christoffe Reyes (boys’ 15-19 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke), Aya Carandang (girls’ 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle), So (200m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley), and Raissa Regatta (100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m butterfly).