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Swimmers Shine at “The Distance Swim Super Series – The Finale” in Muntinlupa!


Mar 3, 2024

By Coach Emer Matienzo

In an exciting display of talent and determination, young swimmers from all over the Philippines gathered at the Muntinlupa Aquatic Center for “The Distance Swim Super Series – The Finale” this past weekend. This event wasn’t just any ordinary swim meet; it was a chance for kids of all skill levels, from Class A, B, and C to Novice swimmers, to showcase their abilities and make a splash in the pool!

The competition kicked off on Saturday, March 2, 2024, with Class ABC swimmers diving into the water. Sunday was dedicated to the Novice swimmers, who took to the pool with excitement and determination.

A whopping 39 teams participated in the event, with some teams traveling from far-off provinces like Aklan, Bacolod, and Kidapawan City in the Province of Cotabato, Mindanao. The atmosphere was electric as swimmers from different backgrounds came together to compete and celebrate their love for swimming.

One special guest at the event was Mr. JP Villanueva, President of the Philippine Dragonboat Federation. He shared insights with SLP President Fred Ancheta about the “Drown Free Philippines” learn-to-swim program, discussing the possibility of including Dragonboat Federation swim paddlers in the initiative. They also talked about using Dragonboats instead of expensive jet skis in the open water program supported by Swim League Philippines.

In the picture (L-R) : Michael Tangon – BLSS MDSF Vikings, Ronnie Gulay,
SLP Multi Sports Director, Kenneth and Clarence Dimaculangan – Aquatek,
Philbert Papa – SLP Executive Director, JP Villanueva – President Philippine Dragonboat Federation,
Emer Matienzo – Philswimming.com, Hans Rafael Sumalde – SLP National Director Coaches Training Enhancement and Development,
Justin De Jesus – Binangonan Athlete Swimming Team

President Ancheta also highlighted other Swim League Philippines projects, such as Mangrove Planting, Shoreline Clean-Up in Manila Bay, Boracay, and Cebu, and educational programs in coastal barangays. It’s not just about swimming; it’s about giving back to the community and preserving our oceans!

Mr. Marvin Villa, the resident referee of SLP, led the officiating team, which included a new set of officials, mostly teachers from the Department of Education. Their dedication ensured fair play and smooth proceedings throughout the event.

SLP Officiating Officials with their new uniform sponsored by Kalye Apparel

Among the standout swimmers were Fabian Ramos of Betta Splenden Swim team, Red Kaiden Carido of San Pablo Titans, Asael Bernaldez of Carmona Angelfish, Leanne Ysabelle Talunay of Aklan Assa Sea Dragons, Orianthi Gamboa of South Warriors Swimming Team, and Ceanna Gabrielle Mitra of Lionfish Swimming Team. These young athletes showcased exceptional talent and sportsmanship, inspiring others with their performances.

The success of “The Distance Swim Super Series – The Finale” wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of sponsors like Coca-Cola Philippines, Behrouz Persian Cuisine, Antbox, Klean, Wilkinns Pure, Finis, Kalye Apparel, Symdex-D, and the Youth Affairs and Sports Development of Muntinlupa (YASDO).

As the waves settle and the cheers fade away, one thing is clear: this swimming meet wasn’t just about winning medals; it was about camaraderie, passion, and the joy of swimming. Here’s to more swimming adventures and making waves in the future!

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