CAPE TOWN, South Africa: The Doragos siblings, Kate Portia and John Carlo, of Diliman Preparatory School added four more gold medals for the Philippines on Day 3 of the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala at the University of Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center.
Portia Kate copped three gold medals in the girls’ 13 years category while John Carlo chipped in one gold in the boys’ 15 years class of the tournament, which drew more than 400 swimmers from 31 teams in the region.
The 13-year-old Portia Kate stood tall against veteran opponents in the 100-meter breaststroke, 800-meter (m) freestyle and 200m breaststroke. She also got another silver medal in the 200m individual medley.
For his part, John Carlo, a consistent honor student, sizzled in the 400m freestyle for his fourth medal. He had two silvers (800m freestyle and 1,500m freestyle) and one bronze (400m individual medley).
“The Diliman Preparatory School-Philippine Swimming League program allows young swimmer to participate in international competition and gives them the experience to overcome their fears,” said DPS President and delegation head Nikki Coseteng.
Overall, the Philippines raised its medal output 13 gold medals.
“I am really satisfied. The field is really tough but our swimmers are not giving up. They’re well prepared and motivated to show how strong the Filipino swimmers are,” said Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa.
“We have only eight swimmers and I obliged them to swim as many as they can. In fact, we have eight swimmers in 86 events. I want to show their presence than even we are few, they can see us in every events,” added Papa.
PSL Swimmer of the Year McTracy Alindogan of Angeles University Foundation was scheduled to swim in four more events -100m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke) on Monday night along with Reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines Denjylie Cordero of University of the Philippines in the 100m breaststroke.
Alindogan has so far won four golds (50m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 400m individual medley and 50m freestyle) and two silvers (100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke) while Cordero grabbed three gold medals in 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley).
“They are not doing this for themselves. They are doing this for our country. AT this very young age, they are now aware that they are capable of bringing honors and pride to our country,” Papa added.
The team is supported by Diliman Preparatory School headed by former Sen. Coseteng, Unlitravel Online, Qatar Airways and Aqua Sphere.
The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines and the longest running swimming grassroots program in the country.