|PRISAA national chairman Emmanuel Angeles congratulates University San Carlos swimmer Lorendale Echavez after she won two gold medals and a silver in the swimming competitions of the PRISAA Collegiate National Games.
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Palarong Pambansa veteran Lorendale Echavez made waves in her debut in the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Games Sunday by snaring 2 gold medals to highlight hostilities at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex (JEMSC) in Zamboanga.
The 17-year-old University of San Carlos biology freshman won the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 2 minutes and 15.31 seconds, sinking the 3-year-old record of 2:24.69 set also here by Chrizel Lagunday.
Echavez also won the 50m freestyle (27.67) later in the day.
Trying to complete a triple sweep of her events, she gamely tried her best but could only anchor the Central Visayas swimmers to second place in the 4x100 freestyle relay (4:41.84) behind Region 4-A (4:37.94), which dominated Day 1 of the swimming meet by capturing 9-of-16 finals at the JEMSC pool.
“I’m delighted because I did not expect to this well in my first PRISAA Games,” said the swimmer, who won a gold, silver and bronze medal during last year’s Palarong Pambansa.
Echavez was congratulated by PRISAA chairman Dr. Emmanuel Angeles for her feats.
“But what I really wanted was to win all golds,” said Echavez, who will also see action in the 800m free and 4x50m freestyle relay Monday.
While Echavez was putting up a spectacular individual show, the Calabarzon tankers, bannered by the De la Salle-Dasmarinas charges of ex-national standout Richard Luna, overwhelmed the opposition by going on a splurge of their own.
The Region 4-A gold medalists were:
- · Rizal Jurado (men’s 100 freestyle)
- · Jaevico Dalay (men’s 100 individual medley)
- · Rabino Wilson (men’s 50 freestyle)
- · Anna Puyo (women’s 400 individual medley)
- · Andrea Fuentes (women’s 200 butterfly)
- · Kimberly Briones (women’s 100 backstroke)
Region 4-A also won in the men’s 400 freestyle relay, women’s 200 medley relay, and women’s free relay.
Region 6 or Western Visayas also had a productive outing with four gold medals through Joseph Gloria in the men’s 100 meter breast; Ronel Duran in the 200 butterfly; Edsel Pasaporte in the 100 backstroke. Region 6 was also victorious in the 200 medley relay.
Central Visayas bagged its 3rd gold in the women’s 200 medley relay while Region 3’s Ciela dela Cruz topped the women’s 100 breast (1:27.24) and Region 5’s Lorie Orong the women’s 100 backstroke to round off the day’s swimming champions.
Expect the Calabarzon bets to sustain their medal drive since PRISAA Region 4-A president Fe Medina disclosed that each gold medal won by the contingent is worth P1,000, silver P700 and gold P500 in incentives.
“This are our incentives for our athletes to do well in this meet. Our relay swimmers who won also get P1,000 apiece, so that’s total of P18,000 for the day,” Medina said.
Also getting the same reward is Region 4-A’s Jerome Oclaret, who bagged the men’s shot put gold with a heave of 11.7 meters.
Brokenshire Colleges athletic scholar Michael Constantino, who carried the colors of Region 11, took the men’s 1,500-meter crown in 4:05.04 while the distaff side was won by Jernylin Bornales of Western Visayas.
Central Visayas’ Ernesto Ybanez Jr. leaped 6.85 meters to annex the men’s long jump gold while Region 11’s Vento Rejuyo did the same in the women’s high jump by clearing 1.55 meters.