POWERED by golden girls Kirsten Chloe Daos and Raissa Regatta Gavino, Quezon City captured the overall title in swimming competitions of the POC-PSC Batang Pinoy 2012 at the Marikina Sports Complex on Thursday.
The pretty girls were the stars of the pool after netting two more golds each on the final day of swimming. In all, Quezon City hiked its tally to 23 gold, 23 silver, and 13 bronze medals in a dominant performance that reflected the city’s response to Manila bagging the overall title in track and field the other day.
The 13-year-old Daos, an eighth grader at Immaculate Conception Academy, swept all her six events by snaring the girls’ 15-under 100-meter butterfly and 800m free. She also ruled the 200m fly, 400m free, 200m free.
She and Gavino also led QC to the gold in the 4x50 medley relay.
``I didn't expect to win all golds because I swam against swimmers I didn't expect to beat,'' said Daos. ``But I'm happy because I worked hard for this.''
Gavino, the 12-year-old seventh grader from Multiple Intelligence International School, ruled the girls’ 13-under 100m breaststroke and 800m free, to go with her individual triumphs in the 200m breasts, 50m breasts, and 400m free.
Last year's Palarong Pambansa elementary division MVP, Gavino is being trained by former national stalwart Archimedes Lim.
Manila, powered by a band of San Sebastian tracksters, ran away with the overall title in track and field with 13 gold medals, 12 silvers, and seven bronzes, but its swimmers could only place second overall to QC with a 19-21-22 tally.
Marikina meanwhile, proved to be the revelation in the meet by winning four golds in arnis, while finishing second in athletics with a 10-5-7 count.
Tessalonica Nova captured golds in girls’ double weapon individual, and single weapon individual, while Jay Rivera copped the boys’ single anyo, and Michael Ken Duque the double weapon for the hometown bets.
Mandaluyong snared three golds in boxing through the fiery fists of Jimwell Cerro in antweight, Riel Crapatanta in paper weight, and Jhosua Cenita in pinweight.
The city also got two silvers from Arman Joseph Auristela in light pinweight after losing to home bet Winston Bayron, and Randhel Celzo in light bantam, a loser to Pollen Glen Moner of QC.
Malabon City emerged champion in combat sports as it ruled the competitions in taekwondo and karatedo where it copped 5-2-5 and 5-0-1 tallies, respectively.