An Invitational Age-Group Novice Swim Fest was held on November 12 at the People’s Park facilitated by the San Carlos Swimming Club, The Marlins with the City Sports Office and Negros Swimming Association.
The event is in line with the month-long celebration of the 30th Pintaflores Festival.
Participating teams and members of the Negros Swimming Association which include San Carlos Swimming Club’s The Marlins, Felomar Swimming Teams of the Municipality of Pontevedra, Gators Swim Team of Silay City, Pirates Swim Club of Talisay City, Bago City Swimming Team and Cadiz Whales Swim Team competed in the 78 events for three swimming strokes – butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke.
Winners for the first, second, and third places received medals while swimmers with the most number of medals in each age group also received trophies.
Cadiz Whales Swim Team with the most number of participants was declared over-all champion, followed by Gators Swim Team of Silay City and San Carlos Swimming Club’s The Marlins in the second and third places, respectively.
Coach Max Masculino of the Cadiz team said the swim fest greatly helped in enhancing the skills of the swimmers and that not only Bacolod City has potential swimmers, but also San Carlos City.
Masculino hoped that San Carlos City will have swimmers in the Palarong Pambansa.
Meanwhile, San Carlos executive assistant Jan Christopher Carmona, on behalf of Vice Mayor Christopher Paul Carmona, said the city has been so lucky to have an administration that supports sports over the years.
He also encouraged everyone to backup San Carlos City to become the sports hub of the Philippines.
Coach Tomas Katalbas of San Carlos Swimming Club’s The Marlins thanked the participating teams for making the event successful including coach Cris Bancal, Congress of Coaches of the Philippines Association board of director and lead coach of the Negros Swimming Association for the support.
Also present during the event were OIC Jesus Facundo Combate Jr. and coach Dennis Peñalosa of the City Sports Office.*