MANILA — The Congress in Philippine Aquatics, Inc. (COPA) Reunion Challenge National Championships will resume this weekend with the staging of the second part of the four-day, two weekends tournament at the Teofilo Yldefonso swimming pool inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.
All eyes are on Pauline Beatriz Obebe of Aqua Sprint Swimming Club and Nicola Queen Diamante of RSS Dolphins Swim Team, both leading candidates for the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) award with their dominating performances in their respective age group categories during the first part of the meet in collaboration with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), MILO and Speedo.
The 12-yr-old Obebe captured eight gold medals in 10 events she entered while Diamante claimed five mints in the 11-yrs-old class but counting her winnings in the Reunion’s three-leg series she is a shoo-in for the MOS award.
“Mas mataas ang level ng excitement dahil aabangan natin itong sina Obebe at Diamante kung may maidadagdag pa sa mga medalyang napagwagihan nila last week. Pero hindi lang sila ang aabangannatin dahil marami pa ang humahakot din sa kanilang dibisyon,” said Tournament Director Chito Rivera.
Meantime, Rivera expressed his gratitude for the decision of COPA founding president Batangas 1st District Representative Eric Buhain on his decision to give back the 50% on entry fee to the swimming club who have swimmers qualified for the Southeast Asian Ahe-Group Championship next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (ai/mtvn)