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Sports: Junior Tankers swim their way to the podium

10/26/2017 08:58:00 PM Media Center 0 Comments

The University of the Philippines Integrated School Varsity Swimming Team (UPISVST) Junior Tankers bagged the 2nd runner up in the girls’ division of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80 held last October 12 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Center, Manila.

Chelo Neri also clinched the Rookie of the Year award after her spectacular performance during the girls’ division.

Zoe Hilario succeeded in taking home 3 medals from her events. She clinched 1st in the 100 and 200 m Backstroke events and also bagged bronze in her 400m event.

“I think ‘yung performance ko okay lang pero it could have been better. To make next season better, I’ll work harder and focus on our goal more,” Hilario said when asked about her thoughts on her own performance this season.

Alongside Hilario, Cha Esmero placed 2nd in the Girls’ 200 m freestyle and 3rd in the 100 and 200 m backstroke and 400 m Freestyle events.

HEADS UP HIGH. Hilario and Esmero, along with Raven Alcoseba from De La Salle University (DLSU), receive their medals for the Girls’ 100 m Backstroke. Photo Credit: Swim Philippines

On the other hand, Drew Magbag was the lone medalist from the Boys Junior Tankers. Magbag took home a bronze, placing 3rd in his 50 m Breaststroke event.

One of their coaches, Denjylie Cordero, has a positive reaction regarding the overall team performance of the Junior Tankers.

“My assessment this season for the UPISVST is that they have leveled up on their character as an athlete. It is because they have become more matured. They’re braver this time around despite the fact that they lack on training. They fought from the start up to the end, with that I can see a better future for the junior team,” Cordero said.

All in all, the Junior Tankers did a good job this season, but they also promised to come back a lot stronger, fiercer, and more competitive in the next season. //by Yanna Reblando, Carlos Laderas, with reports from Jasmine Esguerra

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