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Aklan swimmers make waves in Batang Pinoy

  • Written by Robert Andaya
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Manuel Gabriel Lozada  of Aklan displays great shape during the  boys 13-15-year-old 200-meter individual medley in Batang Pinoy swimming  competitions at the Lorenzo G. Teves Memorial Aqua Center in Dumaguete City. Lozada bagged two golds. Photo by: Rey Nillama Manuel Gabriel Lozada of Aklan displays great shape during the boys 13-15-year-old 200-meter individual medley in Batang Pinoy swimming competitions at the Lorenzo G. Teves Memorial Aqua Center in Dumaguete City. Lozada bagged two golds.

DUMAGUETE -  Aklan made its presence  felt in swimming, while La Carlota City and Bago City shone in  athletics at  the start of the 2017 Batang Pinoy-Visayas  in various venues around the city here Saturday.

Michael Gabriel Lozada and  Kyla Soguilon  captured two gold medals each, while Jennuel de Leon and Maria Reina Nazareta added one each  in Aklan’s dominant showing at the  Lorenzo G. Teves Memorial Aqua Center.

Lozada, a Grade  6  student of Infant Jesus Academy,  topped    the boys 13-15-year-old 200-meter individual medley in two minutes and 51.79 seconds and  the  boys 50-meter backstroke in 35:18 to put Aklan in the spotlight in this week-long competition organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in cooperation  with the  Dumaguete City  government, headed by  Mayor Felipe Antonio “Ipe” Remollo.

Lozada  won over Marcis Rivilla (2:54.58.3) of Ormoc and Busty Dwyne Jalandra ( 2:55.97) of Bacolod in the  200-meter IM and Allen Jeric Vizcarra (26.43) and  Ren Dominic Deonaro (38.95) of Ormoc in the 50-m backstroke.

“Masaya po  ako dahil  nanalo kahit medyo nahirapan sauna,” said the 11-year-old Lozada, who is also best remembered for  winning nine gold medals in the recent Milo LIttle Olympics.
    
Lozada, however, failed to  duplicate or surpass his personal best time of 2:49.00. in the event.  He is scheduled to compete in two more events  -- 400-m  IM at 200-m  backstroke --  in the swimming competition supervised by former national swimmer  Richard Luna.
    
Sharing the  limelight  for Aklan  were Soguilon, who  swept the 200-meter  IM  in  2:39.60) and the 50-meter  backstroke  in 33.58;  and De Leon and Nazareta, who topped the  topped the boys and grils  12-and-under 100-meter freestyle, respectively.
    
Soguilon,13, was the most outstanding swimmer in the  2017 Palarong Pambansa in San Jose, Antique last April.
    
Joining Lozaga and Soguilo  as the  meet’s  double gold medalists is Chole Sophia Laurente of Ormoc City.
    
The 12-year-old  campaigner from Ormoc ruled the  girls 12-under 200-meter individual medley in 2:49.38 and 50-meter backstroke in  35:18.
    
Also making a splash was  Martin Sayson of  Negros Oriental, who won the gold in the boys 13-15 200 IM (2:26.20).  
    
Over at the Gov. Mariano Paredes Memorial Stadium, John Christian Pamatian of Bago City  timed 18:07.03 for the gold in the boys 3,000-meter run, and Marjorie Bermudes of La Carlota City recorded10.73 meters for the gold in the girls shot put.
    
PSC commissioner Charles Maxey, who  represented PSC chairman Butch Ramirez,  awarded the medals to the winners.
    
Ramirez earlier apologized   to the  hosts and athletes of the Batang Pinoy Visayas competitions for failing to  attend the opening ceremonies last Friday.
    
“The chairman was also set to fly to Dumaguete early Friday but had to cancel his trip because he  was called to Malacanang to discuss the rehabilitation efforts for Marawi, especially the refurbishing of its heavily-damaged sport facilities,” a PSC information officer explained.