PRADA introduces girls’ swimming as an exhibition sport

January 26, 2018
By: 
ASHS News; Photos by Terence Estacio, Leo Lopez, and Ryan Canlas

For the first time ever, the Private Schools Athletic Development Association (PRADA) allowed girls to compete in its annual swimming championships in an exhibition division. The boys and girls of team Ateneo de Manila competed in the PRADA swimming championships last Saturday, January 20, 2018 with podium finishes in 19 events. Of these 19, 10 were won by the girls while nine were won by the boys.

Front row, from left: Portia Doragos, Suzanne Himor, Marjorie Manguiat, Nirel Ibarra; back row from left:Marga Estacio, Jesreel Francisco, Alia Rafael Antig, Nicole Eijansantos, Sarah Alvina
Marjorie Manguiat’s (11 Goupil) roster of achievements included a first place finish in the 100m freestyle, a second place finish in the 50m freestyle, and a third place finish in the 100m butterfly. She was also part of the two relay teams which finished second in the 200m freestyle relay and the 200m medley relay.

Suzanne Himor’s (12 Daniel) achievements included a second place finish in the 100m butterfly and a third place finish in the 200m individual medley. Like Manguiat, Himor was also a member of the relay teams which placed second in the 200m freestyle relay and the 200m medley relay.

Margarita Estacio (11 Gonzaga) finished third in the 100m backstroke and the 100m freestyle. Like Himor and Manguiat, Estacio was also part of the relay quartet which placed second in the 200m freestyle relay and the 200m medley relay.
 
Sarah Alvina (12 Daniel) placed second in the 100m breaststroke and in the 200m medley relay with Estacio, Himor, and Manguiat.
 
Similarly, Alia Antig also helped Ateneo place second in the girls’ 200m freestyle relay with Estacio, Himor and Manguiat.
 
AJHS swimmer Wacky Santos (10 Berthieu) won three gold medals for the 200m individual medley, the 100m backstroke, and the 100m butterfly. He was also part of the quartet- together with Rafael Isip (8 Jogues), Kyle Gue (12 Pantalia)  and Richard Canlas (12 Acquaviva)- that finished second in the 200m medley relay.

Clockwise from top: Jolo Viovicente, Kyle Gue, Suzanne Himor (file photo from UAAP Season 80 Swimming Championships)

Richard CanlasAlso winning medals in multiple individual boys’ events was Jolo Viovicente (12 Bobola), who won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke, a bronze in the 200m individual medley, and another bronze medal in the 100m freestyle. Jolo was also part of the quartet- together with Jacob Balanag (L8 Del Castillo), Kyle Gue (12 Pantalia) and Richard Canlas (12 Acquaviva)- that placed second in the 200m freestyle relay.

Canlas and Gue are also multiple medal winners, having been part of the two relay teams that bagged silver medals in the 200m medley relay and the 200m freestyle relay.

Ateneo placed third overall in the boys’ division of the PRADA Swimming Championships, behind eventual champion La Salle Greenhills and first runnerup San Beda College Rizal.

 
The PRADA swimming competition was held at Brent International School in Mamplasan, Laguna.