DAGUPAN, Pangasinan – National Capital Region added nine golds to its collection in Day 2 of the swimming competition of the Palarong Pambansa 2012 Wednesday here at the Dagupan Poolsite.
Axel Toni Ngui and Delia Cordero again led the Big City’s big splash in the pool to increase its gold-medal haul to 21 after copping 12 in the opening day of the tournament.
The 18-year Ngui, an incoming freshman in Ateneo, won the gold in the 100-meter freestyle secondary boys with the time of 55.85 seconds and was part of the 400-meter medley secondary boys squad that took the gold medal.
It was the fourth gold for the six-foot swimmer in the competition.
“Suwerte lang kasi wala yung ibang malalakas ngayon,” said Ngui. “May tatlong events pa ako sana manalo kasi target ko is to win all the seven.”
Cordero ruled the 200-meter individual medley with the time of two minutes and 33.53 seconds and was a mebe of the 400-meter medley team that won the gold medal. Cordero also already has four gold medals in her collection.
Other gold medalists for NCR were Raissa Gavino (50-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley elementary girls), Alberto Batungbacal (200-m breaststroke secondary), Krsitine Bartolome (200-meter breaststroke secondary girls) and the 400-meter medley elementary girls team.
Calabarzon bagged four golds courtesy of Jose Mari Arcilla in the 200-meter individual medley in the elementary boys, Nicole Pamintuan (100-m freestyle elementary girls), Maria Aresa Lipat (100-meter freestyle secondary girls) and the 400-meter medley elementary boys team.
Arcilla’s 2:25.86 mark broke the previous record of Banjo Borja (2:26.75) set in the 2005 Palarong Pambansa.
Calabarzon now has eight gold medals in the swimming event.
Central Luzon sneaked in a pair of gold medals care of Mark Alindogan (200-m individual medley secondary boys) and Rafael Barreto (100-m freestyle elementary boys).
Christian Salud gave Region 8 its first gold medal in the event after topping the 50-m breaststroke elementary boys.