Olympian Jessie Lacuna, Hannah Dato show way as Ateneo takes early lead in UAAP swimming
Jessie Lacuna, who has seen action in the London and Rio Games, dominates the men's 200-meter freestyle. Jerome Ascano

ATENEO, stamping its class early, took the men's and women's division lead with plenty to spare int he opener of the UAAP Season 79 swimming competitions.

The three-peat seeking Blue Eagles tallied 132 points to build a commanding 65-point lead over La Salle at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool on Friday.

Olympian Jessie Lacuna won his first gold in the men's 200-meter freestyle with the time of 2:09.04.

Also winning golds for Ateneo are Jethro Chua in the 100-meter freestyle (52.86) and the 4x200-meter medley relay team (1:46.91).

The Lady Eagles, also bidding for a third straight crown, amassed 113 points, while University of the Philippines is at far second with 74.

Reigning MVP Hannah Dato emerged victorious in the women's 200-meter freestyle, clocking in at 2:27.06.

Other gold medal winners for Ateneo are Romina Gavino in the 800-meter freestyle (9:44.89) and Andrea Ngui in the 100-meter freestyle (1:00.49).

Surviving the Eagles' onslaught in the men's division are the Fighting Maroons in the 4x800-meter freestyle (8:06.50) and Sacho Ilustre of the Green Archers in the 800-meter freestyle (8:37.92).

University of Santo Tomas is running third with 42 points, followed by De La Salle, which has 35 points in fourth place.

UP swept the women's relay events, ruling the 4x200-meter medley (2:05.04) and the 4x800-meter freestyle (9:18).

The Lady Maroons are running third with 34 points, followed by the Tigresses' 26.

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