YOUNG SWIMMERS in Ormoc who call themselves the “King-fishers” broke records in the 31st Milo Little Olympics-Visayas League held in Cebu this Septem-ber 1 and 2, bringing joy to their parents, schools and coaches.
In his Facebook post at Or-mockingfisherswimming Learn to Swim, Coach Rex dela Cruz proudly announced that the young swimmers gathered 13 gold, 17 silver, and 17 bronze medals.
The swimmers represented the New Ormoc City National High School (NOCNHS), Ormoc Immaculate Conception School Fdn. (OICSF), Ormoc Se San, St. Paul’s School, St. Peter’s College, Ormoc City Central School, and St. Anne’s.
Furthermore, he said three records were broken by the Ormocanon swimmers. Kingfisher Chloe Sophia Laurente broke the record of Kyla Suguilon, 2017 Palarong Pambansa Most Valuable Player, in the 100-meter backstroke.
Coach Rex added that what made Chloe’s record breaking performance “outstanding” was that the two girls were competing on the same heat/event, for all of them to witness the two swimming lap to lap.
She also broke the record of one Lacson in the 200 meter backstroke.
The secondary girls relay team of the NOCNHS, again composed of Chloe, Christine Dedace, Khomi Tomilluso, and Beatriz Cimafranca “showed dominance when they set a new bar in this sprinting event,” Rex said. “These 4 are now the new record holders,” he said.
The Ormoc Kingfishers’ coach also commended Coby Rivilla, for his performance. Coby gathered six gold medals, “making him the most outstanding swimmer of all the teams.”
“Watch out, he’s only 10 years old,” said Rex of Coby.
There was also “Banana’s stunning demolition of her idols in the 100 breast performance.” He said it was extraordinary against Monik Uypitching, the 2018 gold medalist and Philippine junior record holder, and Kyla Soguilon. “This is a true example of working hard to make your idols your new rivals,” said the swimming coach.
Atty. Jasper Lucero, city legal counsel, whose son is also part of the team, said “first time ni join ang ormoc swimmers sa Milo Little Olympics nanghakot dayon ug medals ug nag break ug records. Samot na tingale ug mahuman na ang 50-meter pool sa Ormoc.”
Mayor Richard Gomez, when apprised of the Kingfishers’ triumphs, said the kids should continue to practice for next year’s Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet which Ormoc will be hosting, then “for the Palaro.”
To recall, Ormoc City became the EVRAA champion this year for the first time in history. The Ormoc swimmers were among those who delivered a haul of gold medals. By Lalaine Marcos