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Diamante, Obebe wins MOS; Green Blasters claim overall team champion in COPA Reunion Finals

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Caption: MEMBERs of RSS Dolphins Swimming Club, led by MOS awardee Nicole Diamante (center) proudly shows their medals after the awarding ceremony of COPA’s Reunion Challenge National Finals. The club coach is Anthony Reyes.

NICOLE Diamante and Pauline Obebe clinched their fourth gold medal in their respective classes to formalize their claim as the Most Outstanding Swimmers (MOS) at the closed of Congress of Philippine Aquatics, Inc. (COPA) Reunion Challenge National Finals on Sunday at the Teofilo Yldefonso swimming pool inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Malate, Manila.

The 11-year-old Diamante, the pride of RSS Dolphins Swim Team, claimed her fourth gold medals after winning the girls 11-yrs old Individual Medley clocking 3:09.99, while Obebe match Diamante’s effort after dominating the same event in the 12-yrs-old class in timed of 2:51.27 to become the meet’s multi-gold medal winners.

With their effort counting their performances in the past three-leg of the Reunion Series, Diamante and Obebe was adjudged as MOS awardees in the tournament co-presented by the Manlalangoy ng Pilipinas and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) under Chairman Noli Eala, Speedo and Milo.

Team RSS Dolphins

“Bonus na po ito sa akin. Hindi ko naman po target ito basta sinusunod ko lang ang sinasabi ni coach. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga taong tumutulong sa akin, gayundin po sa COPA na patuloy na nagbibigay sa amin ng maayos na mga tournament,” said Diamante.

Obebe of Aquanights swim club, echoed Diamante’s statement as she extends her gratitude to private individuals who backed her passion and always supporting her young swimming career.

Both are part of the National Capital Region (NCR) swimming team who participate in the PSC’s Batang Pinoy National Finals on Dec. 17-25 in Vigan, Ilocos Norte.

COPA secretary general and tournament director Chito Rivera have joined former National coach Richard Luna in awarding of the medals, trophies, and certificate.

“We’re very thankful to all swimmers and to all club’s manager who have joined our tournament. We assured everyone, even non-COPA teams can easily play the coming COPA tournament next month,” said Rivera.

Obebe: MOS awardee

Other winners in the four-day, two weekends tournament are Danna Santiago in Class C girls 200M (3:35.81), are Kisses Libat of Green Blaster in the girls 11 class B 100m back (1:27.55); Victoria Vitog of Aquanights (1:53.88); Jhoey Gallaro of Swim Kings in 14yrs class B (29.58); Xian Espinas of  Naawan Watersharks, class C (32.06),  Anjolie Novillas of, Ral Rosario Swim ( 32.31 15).

The Green Blasters claimed the team overall championship with 7319 points, followed by Sta. Rosa Swim Club (5719), Aquasprint (3153) and RSS Dolphins of coach Anthony Reyes (3111).

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