MANILA, Philippines – San Beda and La Salle Greenhills made the biggest splash in the first day of the NCAA Season 90 swimming competition as they raked in the gold medals at the Rizal Memorial Pool on Thursday.
Installed as the early favorites to dominate the pool events, the Sea Lions and Lionesses lived up to the hype with Frances May Cabrera, Jose Mari Sebastian Arcilla, Christian Dimaculangan, Andrei Lorenzo Manzo, and their men's and women's 200-meter freestyle relay teams providing record-breaking swims.
The Junior Blazers, for their part, had their share of record breakers as well, registered by Mark Romiquit, Andrae Pogiongko and its 200-m freestyle relay squad in the high school division of the competition.
Cabrera clocked in at four minutes and 49.78 seconds in the 400-m free, shattering the old record of 4:50.59 that she set last year, while Arcilla clocked in at 1:02.74, which was the new league juniors mark in the 100-m backstroke.
Dimaculagan took the gold and the new record in the 100-m back in the seniors division by timing in at 1:01.30. Manzo reigned supreme and destroyed the seniors standard in the 200-m individual medley with a new time of 2:13.92.
Cabrera then spearheaded the 200-m free relay women's team of Carla Michaela Chua, Patricia Ella Garcia and Lorelie Lora, while Wilfredo Sunglao Jr., Joseph Lance Sanone, Lorenz Joshua Francisco and Joshua Junsay topped the men's side likewise in record fashions.
The women's team clocked in at 1:57.71, while the men's team finished at 1:39.01.
Rominquit splashed his way to the 100-m butterfly gold and Pogiongko took the 200-m IM mint in 58.61 and 2:15.18, both setting new records in the process.
San Beda is seeking a 13th straight men's championship and 17th overall, while La Salle Greenhills is eyeing an 11th straight high school title and 17th overall.
The San Beda women's team is looking to rule their event for the fourth straight season.