LSGH tanker sets new records in NCAA


Posted at Aug 22 2014 07:52 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2014 03:52 AM

MANILA -- La Salle Greenhills' Rafael Sta. Maria went on a record-breaking binge on the second day of the 90th NCAA swimming competition at the Rizal Memorial Pool on Friday.

Sta. Maria shattered league marks in 50-meter and 200-m freestyle and 50-m butterfly.

He also spearheaded the 400-m freestyle relay team of Andrae Pogiongko, Miguel Barlisan and Mark Ropmiquit to another record-breaking feat to emerge the best performing swimmer thus far with a day to go.

But the 3-day race, which was organized by a committee chaired by Arellano University's Peter Cayco, still belongs to San Beda, which currently leads the juniors, men's and women's divisions.

Wilfredo Sunglao, Jr. spearheaded the Sea Lions' charge in the men's side as he won another gold. He also eclipsed another record in the 200-m free where he clocked one minute and 59.85 seconds, surpassing the record of 2:00.70 he set in the morning heats the same day.

Frances May Cabrera was the brightest star of San Beda's women's team as she destroyed the 200-m freestyle mark of 2:19.24 that she herself owned last year by timing in 2:18.59 in Day Two.

San Beda is currently ahead in the men's division with 452 points, way ahead of closest pursuer College of St. Benilde's 176. Its women's team is likewise ahead of everyone with 407 points with St. Benilde again in pursuit with 229.

The juniors crown is up for grabs with San Beda (333) leading La Salle-Greenhills (294) with barely a day left.

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 lady tankers are looking to rule their event for the fourth straight season.