The newly-created UP Mindanao Swimming Varsity opened their competition career with a fourth-overall team finish--in a field of 25-plus teams with 178 swimmers--at the 79th Araw ng Dabaw Interschool Swimming Competition held on April 2. The team won a total of 18 medals--6 gold, 10 silver, and 2 bronze medals. Dominique Epie (1BS Agribusiness Economics) was awarded "Most Outstanding Swimmer" in the age 17 and above category, with two gold and three silver medals for the 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, and 50m butterfly, respectively. Juan Mendoza (1BSABE) won 1 gold and 5 silver medals for the 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 50m butterfly, and 50m freestyle. Katherine Hintay (2BS Architecture) won 3 gold medals and 1 silver for the 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, and 50m breaststroke. Paula Ann Gabrielle Yap (3BS Computer Science) won 1 bronze and 1 silver medal for the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle, and AJ Verga (3BSA) won a bronze for the 50m freestyle.
Other team members are Meika Celi (2BS Biology), Bhazel Anne Acac (1BS Food Technology), Neil Carilhay (2BSABE), Joemer Aliman (2BS Applied Mathematics), and Samuel Cadiente (1BSABE), with Instructor Albert Francis Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics) as Coach.
In the photo are (left-right) Coach Albert Ramos, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, swimmers Kathrine Hintay, "Most Outstanding Swimmer" Dominique Epie, Juan Mendoza, AJ Verga, Paula Yap, and Vice Chancellors Antonio Obsioma and Nilo Oponda.