Baguio City—Lucena City took the spotlight in the three-day swimming competitions of the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Championships after harvesting 13 golds, four silvers and a bronze medal at the Baguio City Swimming Pool here.
Mervien Jules Mirandilla spearheaded the squad with four gold medals after topping the boys’ 13-15 200m fly (2:13.12), 100m freestyle (58.38sec), 100m fly (59.92sec) and 50m fly (27.27sec), while teammate Markus Johanne De Kam contributed three golds in boys’ 12-under 100m free (59.11sec), 50m back (32.27sec) and 200m free (2:10.03).
Laguna Province came in second with 13 golds, two silvers and six bronzes courtesy of four gold medals from Roz Encarnacion in the girls’ 12-under 200m individual medley (2:40.97), 50m breast (37.33sec), 200m breast (2:55.02) and 100m breast (1:19.70), while Quezon City finished third with 10 golds, four silvers and two bronzes —four golds coming from Zoe Hilario in the girls’ 13-15 200m free (2:17.73), 400m IM (5:44.26), 200m backstroke (2:31.67) and 200m IM (2:38.57).
At the Baguio City National High School gym, Karl Jahrel Eldrew Yulo swept the men’s artistics’ gymnastics with seven gold medals in the Class 1 division.
Yulo, a 10-year-old Grade 5 student of Aurora Quezon Elementary School, won in the floor exercise (9.10 points), vault (9.55), pommel horse (9.70), parallel bars (9.10), rings (9.15), horizontal bar (9.50) and individual all-around (56.10).
Pasig City’s Rhendz John Castillo, meanwhile, ruled the Class 2 division by scooping four gold medals in pommel horse (9.3), rings (8.75), horizontal bar (9.45) and individual all-around (54.55).
In karatedo, Cebu Province pocketed four gold medals courtesy of Rome Metante (14-15 cadet boys’ advance kata), Elenna Benitez (14-15 cadet girls’ intermediate kata), Janine Narboada (10-11 girls’ advanced kata) and Precious Avegail Belicario (12-13 girls’ advanced kata).
Cebu City won three golds from Lloyd Quilaton (8-9 boys’ intermediate kata), Rowela Barredo (12-13 girls’ intermediate kata) and Gift Loyd Canencia (10-11 boys’ advanced kata).
At the Baguio Athletic Bowl, Mary Grace Joson of Camarines Sur gained her second gold medal after topping the girls’ javelin throw with a heave of 36 meters on her second attempt.
The 15-year-old Joson, who was the tournament’s first gold medalist after ruling the discus throw on Monday, also went home with a silver medal in shotput.
Also capturing gold medals were Pangasinan’s Arjay Rios in boys’ javelin throw (52.11m), Cebu City’s Jemar Morales in the boys’ 2000m steeplechase (6:46.52), Maasim City’s Jerome Acejo in boys’ shotput (12.98m), Laguna Province’s Magvrylle Matchino in girls’ 2000m steeplechase (8:04.24) and Jan Rey Gallano in boys’ 400m hurdles (57.20sec), and Dasmariñas City’s Charlaine Deocampo in girls’ 400m hurdles (1:05.94).