Three bronze medals were awarded to Team PH-Killerwhale on the first day of the 2022 Hamilton Aquatics Short Course Swimming Championships.

These championships are being held at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and are being hosted by Hamilton Aquatics. On the first day of the competition, these medals were handed out to the winners.

Andrae Samontanes, Louis Lim, and David Gillego are all promising tankers, and they each won a bronze medal during the two-day competition, which helped get Team Ph-Killerwhale off to a strong start in the competition.

Samontanes, a student at St. Joseph College of Novaliches, finished the boys’ 13-year old 200-meter butterfly competition with a time of two minutes and 35.15 seconds, earning the country’s first medal.

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Zain Salah of the United Arab Emirates won the competition with a time of 2:24.71, while Ahmed Amir, also of the United Arab Emirates, won the silver medal with a time of 2:34.52, making it a 1-2 punch for the country that was hosting the event.

Lim, who is also a student at St. Joseph College of Novaliches, competed in the boys’ 12-year 100-meter breaststroke competition and secured a podium finish. Lim was not to be outdone.

A timing of one minute and 37.71 seconds was recorded for Lim, which was a better performance than his previous best of 1:41.32.

Another bronze medal for Team Ph-Killerwhale came courtesy of Gillego, who competed in the boys’ 12-year old 50-meter butterfly event. This victory brought an end to Day 1 of the competition.

Gillego, a student at Holy Trinity School of Padre Garcia, with a time of 34.35 seconds, which was sufficient to earn him third place in the competition that featured several notable athletes.

“For all of us, but especially for those who improved upon their previous best times, it was a fantastic beginning. The competition is going to be quite challenging due to the presence of some of the best junior swimmers in the area “remarked the head of the delegation, Marilet Basa, who was there together with the head coach Bryan Estipona and the assistant coach CK de Luna.

“We are looking for additional medals on the second day of the competition,” Basa stated after the first day’s results.

Outstanding performer from Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paraaque Jarold Kesley Camique, Hannah Mikaela Lim, Kathryn Leigh Kier, Lyyld Wynn Robles, Patricia Celine De Chavez, and Reneilly Trinidad will all be competing for medals on the second day of the competition. Julia Ysabelle Basa and Master Charles Janda from Centro Escolar Integrated School Malolos will also be competing.

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