The Philippine national youth swimming team delivered three more medals on the last day of the Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championship in Singapore Sports Complex, Singapore last Sunday.
Leading the pack of the medalists is Miguel Karlo Barlisan who surprised everybody by winning the silver medal of the 100m Freestyle 14-15 Boys event with an improved time of 54.75 seconds.
Coming in seeded fifth in the said event with his best time of 56.58, Barlisan made the Philippine contingent stand up from their seats to cheer and witness his silver medal finish.
His podium finish on the last day of the competition was sort of a vengeance after narrowly missing a podium finish in the 200m Individual Medley event on day 1, and 50m Freestyle event on day 2 – placing 4th in both events.
On the other hand, national junior record holder Maurice Sacho Ilustre delivered his second medal of the meet after placing third in the 200m Butterfly 14-15 Boys event with his bronze medal time of 2:10.85
Sacho is the only male swimmer in the Philippine team to have won more than 1 medal in this swimming championship, while Roxanne Ashley Yu is the only swimmer to have done the same in the distaff side.
The greatest surprise and celebration on the last day of the championship was the performance of twelve year-old swimmer Phillip Joaquin Yu-Santos who made a very promising debut in the 38th SEA Age Group swimming championship.
Seeded 8th in the 200m Butterfly 13 & Under Boys event, everybody thought that Sacho’s bronze medal would be the last medal of the Philippine team.
But with guts, courage and determination, Phillip Joaquin did not allow his competitors to intimidate him, rather swam his way to a bronze medal finish with a much improved time of 2:20.85, which is 5 seconds faster than his seed time of 2:26.48
His feat was truly an inspiration to the entire team who looks forward to a better finish next year.