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Asian Games swimmer Lacuña lifts Ateneo to UAAP title

Ateneo celebrates after topping the UAAP swimming games.
By Dugout Philippines

Ateneo got a huge boost from Jessie Lacuña to bag its second UAAP men's swimming championship in three years at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila City.

Lacuña, who competed in the Asian Games, won seven gold medals after topping the 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley, and 200-meter butterfly in record times, to help the Ateneo tankers score 540 total points, beating erstwhile champions UP Fighting Maroons, who amassed 325 for second place.

Lacuña was awarded the MVP honors.

On the other hand, Aldo Batungbacal took the Rookie of the Year award after breaking the 200-meter breaststroke record that stood for 13 years.

Meanwhile, Ateneo's women's swimming team ended a six-year title drought after topping the distaff side with 468 points.

UP, the former six-peat women's swimming champion, ended in second after finishing with 430 points.

Hannah Dato took the MVP honors after also winning seven golds in the 200-meter individual medley , 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley, and 200-meter butterfly, all also in record-breaking fashion.

Ateneo completed the swimming treble after completing a ten-peat in the boys' division with 544 points, beating UST, which finished in second spot with 318.

UST stomped its class in the girls' division after scoring 360 points, topping UPIS, which made 317.
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