Bautista, Gantala shine in Reunion Swim Challenge tilt

Bautista, Gantala shine in Reunion Swim Challenge tilt

COPA co-founder Chito Rivera (right) poses with gold medalists Lance Jacob Bautista and Ivoh Gantala (left).

MANILA — Lance Jacob Bautista and Ivoh Gantala collected three gold medals in their respective age-group class as action in the boys’ division in the second leg of the Reunion Swim Challenge resumed Saturday (27 Aug 2022) at the Teofilo Ildefonso Olympic-sized pool inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.
Representing Aquaknights Swim Team, Bautista emerged as the winningest swimmer in the boys 11-year old after winning the 100-m breaststroke (class A) with a time of 1:30.83; 200-m breast in Class B at 3:09.65, and the 100-m butterfly in Class C in 1:41.90, in the competition organized by the Congress of Philippine Aquatics, Inc. (COPA).

“Masaya po kami at nagbalik na rin ang competition after mag lockdown dahil sa pandemic. Nakaka-proud lang po dahil after nang mahabang pahinga naipanalo ko po yung unang tatlong event ko,” said the Grade 5 student at the Amadeo Elementary School in Cavite.

On the other hand, Gantala, the pride of the Eastern Aquatic Swim Team of Antipolo City, made his presence felt in the 10-year-old Class A 100-m butterfly, clocking 1:27.30; 50-m backstroke at 38.88, and 100-m breast (Class B) with a time of 1:43.70.
“Kahit bakasyon nag-training kami. Gusto ko po maging good example sa mga kapwa bata ko na better to focus on studies and sports kesya po mag-mobile game,” stressed Gantala, a Grade 4 student-athlete scholar at the RJSMC Montessori Center in Antipolo City.

COPA co-founder Chito Rivera and Technical Head Richard Luna awarded the medals to all the winners on the opening day of the two-day competition supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). Action resumes on Sunday for the all-girls clash. COPA decided to divide the swimmers into two small groups as part of the ‘safety protocol’.

“Matagal din tayong nabakante. Ngayon nagumpisa na uli. It’s a good turnout, our swimmers are happy because they played in a good environment, it’s’ an Olympic-size pool, and the competition is managed by professional technical officials,” said Rivera also the varsity coach of the Jose Rizal University in the NCAA.

“Aside from competitions, we’re also preparing the resumption of our ‘Train the Trainors’ programs. Kailangan natin ito para lumawak at masanay ng todo ang ating mga coaches. With Batangas Congressman Eric Buhain leading the COPA, no doubt, ma-aachieve natin ang success sa swimming,” Rivera added.

Other winners were Evan Mathew Elmos of Sta. Rosa in the 8-yrs 100-m freestyle (class A, 1:45.86); Caleb Pascua of Gree Blasters (class C, 2:21.26); Dominic Young of Eastern in the 11-yrs 100-m breast (class B, 1:41.19); Manuel Nuyana of Aquaknights (class C, 3:13.11); Christoffe Boletche in the 12-yrs 100m breast (class A, 1:25. 46); Sebastian Castejon (class B, 1:36.94); Mark Perez (class C, 1:56.77);

Asthon Jose in the 13-yrs 100-m breast (class A, 1:17.26); Luize Quiambao (class B, 1:26.38); Patrick Lapuz (class C, 1:43.32); Yuri Acidre in the 14=yrs 100-m breast (class A, 1:16.42); Greg Anthony Muyong (class B, 1:21.59); Aguila Solis (class C, 1:35.35); Eleardo Manobo in the 15-over 100, breast (class A, 1:13.20); Yao Acidre (class B, 1:20.11) and Sean Red Villarete (class C, 1:33.24). (ai/mtvn)

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