DAGUPAN, Pangasinan – The Big City’s swimmers were unstoppable in the pool competition of the Palarong Pambansa 2012 here at the Dagupan Poolsite.
National Capital Region collected 11 more gold medals in Day 3 of the swimming event making them the virtual champions in the competition.
NCR now has 31 gold medals overall with only 12 events left in the swimming event on Friday.
Axel Toni Ngui and Delia Cordero again led the charge of the Big City’s onslaught with two golds each, making them top candidates for the Most Outstanding Athlete of the biggest regional school-based competition in the country.
Ngui, six-foot swimmer out of Xavier, won the gold in the 100-meter butterfly secondary boys and was part of the 200-meter freestyle relay that won the gold.
Cordero, an incoming freshman in UP Diliman, the 100-meter butterfly secondary girls title in her collection and also swam in the 200-meter freestyle relay squad which also took the gold in a record setting finish.
The team finished with the time of 1:55.26 to break the previous mark of 1:57.05 also set by NCR in the 2008 Palarong Pambansa.
Ngui and Cordero have now five gold medals each.
Other gold medalists in the Big City were Maurice Sacho Ilustre (400-meter free style elementary girls), Catherine Bondad (800-meter freestyle secondary girls), Joshua Benzi Yang (50-meter backstroke elementary boys), Andria Ysabel Canlas (50-meter backstroke elementary girls), Claire Ann Galang ( 200-meter backstroke secondary girls), Regina Castrillo (100-meter butterfly elementary girls) and the 200-meter freestyle relay team elementary girls.
Calabarzon racked up three golds courtesy of Christian Dimaculangan (200-meter backstroke secondary boys), Jose Mari Sebastian Arcilla (100-meter butterfly elementary boys) and the 200-meter freestyle relay team secondary boys.
Ilocos Region collected two with Gwyneth Amber Cawaling ruling the 400-meter freestyle elementary girls and the 200-meter freestyle relay team elementary boys copping the gold.
Other winners in Day Three was Omar Philip Dacera of Region 12 (800-meter freestyle secondary boys).