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    Ayala Harpoons savor hat-trick in 4th Speedo G-league Long Course Nationals

    Dec 16, 2013
    Coach JS Sampan of the Alabang Country Club Gators, Coach Candice Esguerra of Ayala Harpoons Swim Club, Speedo Philippines’ Charlie Catapang, and Coach Rey Galang of Valle Verde Aqua Lasers Swim Club during the awarding of the team championships in

    THE Ayala Harpoons Swim Club was in a league of its own as it clinched a third straight overall title in the 4th Speedo G-League Long Course Nationals on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

    Amassing a total of 929 points, the Ayala Harpoons were way ahead of Valle Verde Aqua Lasers Swim Club which came in second with 599.50 points, and the Alabang Country Club Gators in third with 428 points.

    Leading gold haulers from Ayala Harpoons were Raissa Gavino (13), Gerard Christoffe Reyes (17), Jeremy Bryan Lim (16), and Thea Caluma (17) in the four-day event that gathered 61 swimming teams composed of promising swimmers from all over the country.

    Samantha Borlain made waves in the 11-year old category after winning the 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m freestyle events, 100m backstroke, 200m butterfly, and 400m individual medley. Regina Castrillo was unstoppable in the 13-year old division as she topped the 50m, 100m, 400m freestyle events, 50m, 100m, 200m butterfly events, 100m backstroke, 200m, and 400m individual medley.

    Speedo elite athletes also dominated their individual open category events. Ariana Herranz (17) bagged three golds in the 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke events, while Johansen Aguilar (21) reaped gold medals in the 50m, 100m backstroke, and 100m butterfly events.

    IMX (I Am Extreme) awards were also awarded to swimmers with the most number of FINA points earned from their participation at the Speedo G-League Long Course Swim Series. Winners in the boys division were Alnair Guevarra (15) Emilio Viovicente (12), Ianiko Limfilipino (13), Jan Jeric Santos (17), Jeremy Bryan Lim (16), Jophet Suarez (11), and Sacho Ilustre (14).

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    Awardees in the girls division were: Courtney Gray (16), Kirsten Chloe Daos (14), Raissa Gavino (13), Regina Castrillo (13), Samantha Borlain (11), Thea Caluma (17), and Xiandi Chua (12).

    The Speedo G-League Swim Series is the grassroots swimming program of Speedo and Philippine Swimming Inc. The year-long event is staged nationwide in various legs and in different regions in the country – NCR, Central North Luzon, Bicol Southern Tagalog area, Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao areas.

    It comes in short and long course formats and serves as a training ground for amateur and veteran swimmers in different age group categories.

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    Coach JS Sampan of the Alabang Country Club Gators, Coach Candice Esguerra of Ayala Harpoons Swim Club, Speedo Philippines’ Charlie Catapang, and Coach Rey Galang of Valle Verde Aqua Lasers Swim Club during the awarding of the team championships in
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