Full results of the Philippine National Games 2014 (held in Rizal Pool last May 20-22) are now included in the 2014 Philippine Swimming National ranking.
Most notable swimmer in PNG 2014 is national swimmer Hannah Dato who stormed the top of the ranking in the women’s 400m Individual Medley event with her time of 5:09.49, and then overtakes Loren Dale Echavez to take the top stop of the 200m Freestyle ranking after clocking 2:09.90 to take the gold medal.
Her gold medal swim in the women’s 50m butterfly solidly defended her 2nd placement in the ranking with an improved time of 29.63, just few milliseconds away from 29.44 time of fourteen year-old swimmer Regina Maria Paz Castrillo who currently sits the top of the ranking since April.
Dato though is not yet at her peak since she’s currently preparing for her stint at the 2nd Southeast Asia Swimming Championship in Singapore next month, along with fellow national swimmers Axel Toni Steven Ngui and Jessie Khing Lacuna.
Axel Ngui debuts in the 2014 national ranking with a 3rd placement in the 400m freestyle (4:13.81), and 4th both in the 100m freestyle (54.62) and 200m butterfly (2:12.93) rankings.
Lacuna on the other hand successfully defended his top placement in the 400m Freestyle national ranking with an improved time of 4:07.19.
Both Ngui and the Bulacan bullet also have yet to peak for their stint in the 2nd SEA Swimming Championship.
Another Bulakenyo, John Angelo Vitug stormed to the 2nd spot in the men’s 50m freestyle ranking as he debuts in the national raking, with his gold medal time of 25.18. He also placed 14th in the 100m freestyle ranking with his bronze medal time of 56.84.
Age group swimmers Catherine Bondad, Ariana Herranz, Priscila Loren Aquino, Skyler Claveria and Brandon Willis Sing registered impressive swims in the said meet and have successfully improved and debuted in various events in the national ranking.
Sixteen year-old swimmer Catherine Bondad stormed to 2nd place in the 200m Freestyle ranking (2:14.58), from 17th place, and then debuted at 2nd place in the 50m Backstroke with her time of 31.35, third in 100m Backstroke (1:08.50), and 5th in 100m freestyle (1:01.85).
Ariana Herranz successfully defended her 2nd placement in the 100m backstroke event with an improved time of 1:07.12. She has also debuted at 3rd in 50m Backstroke (31.37), 5th in 200m freestyle (2:15.54), 6th in 100m freestyle (1:02.21), 6th in 200m Individual Medley (2:34.66), 9th in the 50m Butterfly (31.59), and 13th in the 100m butterfly (1:11.17).
Priscila Loren Aquino on the other hand moved up to 3rd place (from 6th) in the 200m Individual Medley and 4th (from 10th) in the 100m breaststroke event with her improved times of 2:32.06 and 1:19.89. She also debuted on 7th place in the 400m Individual Medley event after clocking 5:33.29.
Laguna’s Skyler Claveria debuts on 3rd place in the 50m breaststroke event with his time of 31.63, 6th in 50m Butterfly (27.66), and 8th in the 100m Butterfly (1:01.73). He has also moved up to 6th place (from 12th place) in the 200m breaststroke ranking after clocking 2:37.63.
Brandon Willis Sing defended his 2nd place in the 50m Backstroke with an improved time of 29.76.
Other swimmers who have registered improved ranking and also successfully debuted in some events are Franz Marquez, Francis Alvin Marquez, Mark Joseph Pilapil, Martin Jacob Pupos, Miguel Antonio Arellano, Giovani Trapilla, Dexter John Lacuna, James Alfon Ellsworth, Roanne Florence Yu, Caitlin Jaycen Cruz, Ramona Angelina Datu and Maurize Govanne Dabi.
Perhaps the highlight of the PNG 2014 was the participation ex national swimmer Luica Gaudes Dacanay.
Dacanay, a multi-awarded swimmer in UAAP, has represented the Philippines in various international swimming championships from 1999 to 2005. She was a medalist in the 2005 SEA Games in Manila.
Now at 28, she joined the Philippine National games and grabbed three individual medals – a silver in the 50m, and bronze medals in 50m backstroke and 200m Backstroke.
She has also debuted in the 2014 national ranking placing 5th in the 50m Backstroke (33.18) and 6th in 50m butterfly (31.41).