DAGUPAN, Pangasinan – National Capital Region (NCR) asserted its might in the swimming competition with 12 of the possible 16 golds in Day One of the pool event of the Palarong Pambansa 2012 here at the Dagupan Poolsite.
Delia Cordero broke a 14-year mark in the 200-meter butterfly in the secondary girls and was part of the NCR relay team that shattered the 2008 record in the 200-meter medley for her second gold medal of the competition.
“Masaya ako kasi matagal na record ‘yung na-break ko,” said Cordero, an incoming freshman at University of the Philippines Diliman.
She timed in two minutes and 26.16 seconds and narrowly broke the 1998 Palarong Pambansa record of Althea Lim of 2:26.22 set in Bacolod City.
Cordero and her medley team composed of Anna Bartolome, Joy Rodgers and Roxine Kee also won the gold in record-breaking fashion with a 2:09.03 clocking, edging the previous 2:09.30 record also of the NCR team in 2008 in Palawan.
NCR’s Catherine Bondad, Alex Toni Ngui, Joshua Benzi Yang, Andria Ysabel Canlas and Regina Castrillo also pocketed two golds each on Tuesday.
Bondad, a 13-year student from San Beda Alabang and was a two-time Most Outstanding Athlete in Palarong Pambansa, won the gold in 400-meter freestyle secondary with the time of four minutes and 47.19 seconds and the 100-meter backstroke with a 1:09.54 clocking.
Ngui, an incoming freshman in Ateneo, topped the 400-meter freestyle secondary boys with a 4:19.02 clocking and the 100-meter backstroke with a 1:03.58 timing.
Yang won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke in elementary boys and was part of the 200-meter medley of the NCR team that took the gold.
Canlas ruled the 100-meter backstroke elementary girls with a 1:16.81 clocking was a member of the 200-meter medley that won the gold.
Castrillo won the gold in the 50-meter butterfly elementary girls and towed the medley team with Canlas.
Another NCR gold medalist in Day One of the swimming competition was Samuel Gregory Ongjoco in 200-meter butterfly secondary boys.
Calabarzon took the remaining four golds with Jose Mari Arcilla winning the gold in the 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter buttefly elementary boys, Nicole Meah Pamintuan in the 200-meter freestyle elementary girls and its four-man team in the 200-meter medley secondary boys.