Ateneo sweeps men's breaststroke medals; UP does same in women's

UP's women's breaststroke team was all smiles after taking all the medals. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Ateneo grabbed all the medals in the men's 100-meter breaststroke final of the UAAP swimming championship at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool on Sunday.

Alberto Batungbacal led the charge for Ateneo's tankers, known as the FAST, by setting a new UAAP record of 1:05.78, shattering the winning time of teammate Giancarlo Silva last year. Silva settled for the bronze this time with 1:07.34.

Paolo Mutuc took the silver with 1:06.68 to complete the grand slam for FAST.

UP, on the other hand, completed a similar fashion in the women's side with Joy Rodgers winning the gold after clocking 1:16.03, Alyssa Pociongko taking silver with 1:18.56, and Pricila Aquino getting the bronze at the time of 1:19.77.

Meanwhile, Jessie Lacuna defended his title in the men's 50-meter butterfly race.

Lacuna clocked in 25.47 seconds to beat La Salle's Red Silvester (26.37) and UP's Rawlin Donato (26.55) for the gold.

On the other hand, UE's Jerard Jacinto scored two records in the same day to rule the boys' 100-meter backstroke.

Jacinto qualified for the final in record-breaking fashion, finishing the heats in 59.55 seconds before shattering his own record in the final at 59.06, even faster than the men's record set by Johansen Aguilar in 2011 at 59.49 seconds.

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