TACLOBAN — Cebu City and Bohol Province threw their weight around the pool, splitting the spoils of the swimming competitions with 13 gold medals each yesterday in the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee Batang Pinoy Visayas qualifying leg.
Karen Mae Indaya led Cebu City’s rampage with three gold medals, ruling girls 13-15 400- meter freestyle, 800m free and 200m free at the Leyte Sports Academy swimming stadium here.
Indaya also led the 200m medley relay team along with Justine Reign Garrido, Tara Kyla Ebon and Micah Marie Dela Cerna.
Also providing throttle for the regional powerhouse were Michael Ichiro Kong who dominated boys 13-15 200m butterfly and 50m fly, Madelin Capacio in girls 13-15 200m backstroke and 200m fly, and Garrido in
girls 13-15 50m breaststroke and 200m breast.
Val Andrei Chiu also made a ripple for Cebu City in boys 11-12 100m free, Rafael John Dacaldacal in boys 13-15 200m back, while Ebon pocketed her second gold in girls 11-12 800m free.
Matching Indaya’s feat for Bohol Province was Rian Marco Tirol who also netted three golds, winning boys 12-under 50m breast, 50m fly and 200m breast. Tirol also spearheaded the gold-winning 200m medley relay squad with Job Vincent Aseniero, Patrick Louie Birad and Gabriel Manigque.
Others serving as rudders for Bohol steamroll were Kay Liezlie Paredes in girls 12-under 50m breast and 200m breast, Jess Kenneth Omac in boys 11-12 400m free and 200m free, and Aseniero in boys 13-15 50m breast and 200m breast.
Zean Angelo Plateros (boys 11-12 200m back), Jan Niño Rosales (boys 11-12 200m fly) and Birad (boys 13-15 100m free) also delivered the goods for Bohol Province.
Host Maasin City ironically snared its first gold medal in an event held four hours’ drive away after Aris Maceda prevailed in swimming girls 13-15 50m fly.
Yet Cebu City’s presence stretched far into weightlifting, chess and karatedo in Maasin City.
Princess Gale Tirol topped the girls 44kg to lead the Cebu City lifters at the Maasin bus terminal along with teammates Justine Mendoza in boys 34kg., and Patrick Castanares in boys 38kg. Tagbilaran City shared some honors after Jonasan Alegado won the girls 32kg gold and Ma. Paula Lamit girls 36kg.
Over at Maasin Central School Gym, Cebu City struck with 11 gold medals in karatedo, and three more in chess held at RKK function house through Christian Klent Pondoyo in boys rapid, Vic Glysen Derotas in girls blitz and James Andrew Balbona in boys blitz.
Breaking the monotony were Iloilo City and Iloilo Province which dominated arnis competitions at Ma. Clara gym.
Crystal AJ Bartonico of Iloilo City swept the golds in girls anyo single weapon, double identical weapon and sword and dagger. Iloilo Province’s Jannery Pinas also did the same in boys category.