Taga San Pablo Para Sa Southeast Asian Games!

ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Catherine Bondad and two others may make it to the national swimming team, which will see action in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.

This was the assessment by no less than national coach Carlos “Pinky” Brosas, who took time out to watch and scout the swimming competitions of the 2010 Palarong Pambansa last week the Tarlac Recreational Park in Tarlac.

Brosas, the Trace College swimming coach for the athletes who competed in the secondary action, said Bondad’s good showing caught his attention.

“The level of competition was raised to a higher level now. We’re slowly getting there. There are new names coming up. And there are a couple more kids who did not win any gold, but in my opinion, they have the potential,” said Brosas.

Bondad, a sixth grader at the Blue Danube International School in San Pablo City, emerged as the winningest swimmer in the elementary girls’ competition after winning four golds, two silvers and resetting two meet marks.

She reset the 200-m freestyle mark with a clocking of 2:18.86, eclipsing Kersctine Velez’s (Region VI) 2:19.63 in 2000, and set a new mark of 4:54.55 in the 400-m freestyle that broke the previous 5:04.08 established by Ariana Herranzof Region IV-A in 2009.

Bondad’s gold harvest enabled Region IV-A to snare the elementary girls’ championship.

Brosas said he is also considering to tap Bacolod bet Joshua Junsay after he won a gold and silver in the 50-meter butterfly and the 50-meter backstroke respectively, also in the elementary level.

Another grade school standout, Cagayan de Oro's Clark Kent Go impressed Brosas after the long-legged kid fought it out for the 400-meter freestyle bronze medal.

“These kids are moving up because there’s a ladder for them to move up. And it’s important to get them while they’re young. And they are not exactly those who are winning gold medals,” added Brosas.

SOURCE: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideSports.htm?f=2010/april/22/sports6.isx&d=2010/april/22