UP Mindanao’s Swimming Team won 14 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 5 bronze medals during the 80th Araw ng Dabaw Inter-School Swimming Competition at Ateneo de Davao University Matina Sports Complex on 1-2 April 2017.
Agribusiness Economics sophomore Juan Antonio A. Mendoza was declared “Most Outstanding Swimmer”.
Aside from Mendoza, the Maroon contingent was composed of Bhazel Acac (BS Food Technology), Angelica Jem Verga (BS Architecture), Paula Yap (BS Computer Science), Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Mathematics), and Tobias Suico (BS Applied Mathematics).
Coach Albert Ramos reported that his team’s proudest accomplishment was in the 4×50-meter relay, where UP won over Davao Merchant Marine Academy, this year’s defending champions.
A total of 220 swimmers competed in the two-day event, representing 55 schools from Davao, Metro Manila and other regions in Mindanao.
This year’s tournament also attracted delegates from overseas Filipino communities.
The Annual Araw ng Dabaw Inter-School Swimming Competition serves as a qualifier for Batang Pinoy and the Philippine National Games.