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Ilustre East swimmers shine, Evangelista on cusp for MOS title in COPA-NCR meet

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The Ilustre East Swimming Club led by multi-medalists Patricia Mae Santor and Kristoff Daniel David pocketed five more gold medals even as Aishel Evangelista continued his quest for individual title in honor of his late father as the morning session concluded under searing weather conditions on Saturday in the penultimate day of the Congress of Philippine Aquatics (COPA) National Capital Region ‘One For All-All For One Swimming Championships at the Teofilo Ildefonso Swimming Center in Malate, Manila.

After hauling off 21 gold medals on the opening day on Friday, the IESC swimmers mentored by National coach Ramil Ilustre came out with another productive campaign with victories from Santor and David to boost the team’s campaign for the overall team title in the three-day meet sanctioned by the Philippine Aquatics, Inc. (PAI) and supported by Speedo and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Santor, 16, a Grade 11 student at the University of Santo Tomas topped the girls’ 16-yrs 100m freestyle, clocking one minute and 04.16 seconds over Savinnah Oliveros of Flying Lampasot (1:04.29) and Jhoey Gallardo of Coack King Club (1:06.99) to hike her gold medals hauled to six.

A member of the Philippine Team in the Asian Age Group tilt last February in Clark, Santor registered four victories and a runner-up finish on the opening day, winning the girls’ 16-under 400m Individual Medley (5:21.84), 200m freestyle (2:18.47), 100m butterfly (1:06.89), while leading the squad in the 400m medley relay (4:56.87). She had a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke.

Likewise, David, 17, from Antipolo City claimed his second gold medal after winning the boys 17-yrs 50m backstroke in a timed of 29.22 seconds against Kiko Mirasol of Betta Team (30.86) and Janne Simeon of Flying Lampasot (31.74). He topped the 400m Individual medley (5:09.03) on Day 1.

“Maganda ang preparasyon. Hindi masyadong loaded sa training para kondisyon lagi, nakaprograma na kasi yung Palarong Pambansa, tapos national tryouts na talagang target naming makakuha ng slots for Philippine team,” said Ilustre, head coach for PH Team that won 1 gold, 2 silver and two bronze medal in the Asian Age Group competition in Clark last February.

For his part, Evangelista, a consistent medalist on the international stage, added more medals as his tribute to his late father-coach Elcid, claiming victory in the boys’ 14-yrs 100m freestyle (57.56) and finishing runner-up to Kean Paragatos (31.34) in the 50m backstroke with a timed of 31.39.

On the opening day of the meet double as fund-raising in honor of his father, The Betta Caloocan pride had his gold medals in the 400m IM (4:53.63), 200m freestyle (2:03.58), 100m butterfly (1:03.22), and 200m backstroke (2:27.58),

Other Day 2 winners for Team Ilustre are Raven Alcoseba in girls’ 18-over 50m back (33.10) and Von Andrei Pinon in boys 12-yrs 50m back (34.02) and 100m free (1:03.72), Johan Riley Busadre in boys 10-yrs 100m free (1:18.60). Ceanna Gabriel Mitra in girls’ 11-yrs  100m free (1:11.34), Allianah Keith Soriano in girls 12-yrs 100m free (1:09.41) and Isabella Beatrice Gestuvo in girls 13-yrs 100m free (1:05.16).

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