Diamante, Mirandilla scoop golds in COPA’s Reunion tilt

NICOLA QUEEN DIAMANTE and Andreana Isabel Mirandilla emerged as the top performers in the girls division of the Second Reunion Swim Challenge on Sunday at the Teofilo Yldefonso Pool inside the historic Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

Diamante scooped four gold medals in the 11 years old category as the pride of RSS Dolphins topped the Class A 100-m butterfly in time one minute and 21.30 seconds, 100m backstroke (1:24.70), 100-m freestyle (1:11.00) and 200m back (3:04.90).

Mirandilla, on the other hand,  delivered for the Sta, Rosa Laguna Swim team with three gold medals in the girls 9 years old class. She ruled the 50m backstroke (Class B) in 53.50 seconds, 100m backstroke (Class C) in 2:07.60 and 100m freestyle (Class C) in the tournament organized by Congress of Philippine Aquatics, Inc. (COPA) headed by Batangas 1st District Rep. Eric Buhain.

“We’re very happy and proud as once again, COPA delivered on our promise to give our homegrown swimmers a venue where they can show their talents and the opportunity for them to grow and develop not just their skills but character as well,” Buhain said.

Tournament Director Richard Luna and COPA Treasurer Chito Rivera awarded the medals and certificates to all the winners and participants in the two-day event sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission and Milo.

Rivera said swimmers who failed to win medals has a chance in COPA’s next event—the 1st Novice Swim Championship set September 17 and 18.

The COPA will also stage the  Reunion third leg on October 1 and 2, Reunion Swim Challenge Championship on October 22 and 23, Sprint meet with the introduction of SKINS Swim event on November 12 and 13) and Short Course Yuletide Swimming Championship on December 10 and 11.

The other winners are Kade Baluyot in 10 years old 100m free (Class B, 1:21), Rhian Chloe Pattugalan (Class C, 1:52.00), Jud Limosnero in 12 years old 100m free (Class A, 1:12.20), Kisses Libat (Class B, 1:14.50), Claire Lim (Class C, 1:24.60), Patriz Arenas in 13 years old ( Class B, 1:12.30), Anna Domenica Samson in 9 years 50m backstroke (Class C, 1:03.20) and Briana Lim in 12 years 200m back (Class A, 3:09.30).

Also making the top of the podium were Janna Rysa  Articulo (Class C, 3:28.50), Zidane Salting 13 years 200-m back (Clas A, 2:51.20), Danica May Aquino (Class B, 3:08.80), Micayla Syrene Chua (Class C, 3:22.30), Rose Charlize Bustos in 14 years 200-, back (Class A, 2:50.00), Mariz Capalar (Class B, 2:56.60), Krisha Apin in 15 years over 200-back (Class A, 2:40.90), Carmenrose Matabuena (Class B, 2:45.20) and Franceska Punzalan (Class C, 2:58.00).