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UP swimming team captures double UAAP championship title

The UP Swimming Team with Chancellor Saloma (back row center) at the Oblation Plaza.

(October 7)—They did it again!
The UP Varsity Swimming Team bagged the double championship title in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 Swimming Championships at the Trace Aquatics Center in Los Baños, Laguna from September 22 to 26.

The team’s hard work paid off as the UP Lady Tankers reaped 587 points to snatch their fifth consecutive crown.  They beat Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) who collected 387 and 115 points, respectively.

The UP men’s team meanwhile, amassed 452 points to regain the title they last won in 2010 by besting DLSU’s 301 points and ADMU’s 283 points.

The triumphant UP Women’s Swimming Team. Photo credit: Claire Adorna

Denjylie Cordero and Ma. Claire Adorna led the UP Lady Tankers onslaught at the pool. Cordero, a sophomore Sports Science student, won five gold medals and set new UAAP records in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:37.75), 200-meter individual medley (2:25.58), 100-meter breaststroke (1:14.06) and 50-meter breaststroke (34.01). Adorna, also a Sports Science student and playing in her final season, shared the limelight by collecting four gold medals and setting new UAAP records in the 400-meter freestyle (4:33.69) and the 200-meter backstroke (2:23.53).

The UP men’s team delivered sterling performances via Gabriel Castelo and Charlie Walker who won two gold medals each. Castelo, a sophomore Speech Communication student, topped the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly, while Walker, a junior Sports Science student, won the 50-meter freestyle and set a new UAAP record in the 50-meter backstroke with 27.33 seconds.

Claire Adorna’s winning performance in the 200-meter
breaststroke. Photo credit: Claire Adorna

Christen Mercado, a freshman Electrical and Electronics Engineering student, was named Rookie of the Year. Mercado bagged gold medals in the 50-meter breaststroke and in the 4 x 50-meter freestyle relay. He also collected two bronze medals.

The UP tankers are now gearing for the Philippine University Games (Unigames) to be held in Bacolod City from October 20 to 28.

In related developments, the UP Varsity Swimming Team called on UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma on October 7 to present the UAAP championship trophies and medals. —ACG