Barreto establishes new record for 50m butterfly at nat'l swimming tilt and receives IMX award

July 22, 2016
By: 
Paul Daza; Photos by Laura Barreto and Phillip Joaquin Santos

Ateneo de Manila Junior High School student Rafael Barreto of La Storta/10-Pongracz established a new record on the last day of the 2016 Philippine Swimming Long Course National Championships on July 17, 2016. Barreto’s record-breaking performance was in the finals of the junior boys (16-18 division) 50m butterfly, which he finished in 25.86 seconds. The previous record holder was Leon Silvestre with a time of 25.89 seconds.
Rafael Barreto (center). Photo by Laura Cruz-Barreto
In addition, Barreto was also one of only 10 swimmers to receive the IMX (I aM eXtreme) award, given only to the best male and female swimmers in the various age divisions. According to Barreto, approximately 300 of the country's best swimmers participated in the Philippine Swimming Long Course National Championships, which were held from July 14 - 17 at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool.   
 
A member of the Ateneo de Manila High School’s 11-peat champion UAAP Season 78 Swim Team, Barreto was also named Rookie of The Year (boys division) at UAAP 78, where he established two records (50m butterfly, 50m freestyle) and won three gold medals and four silver medals.    Rafael Barreto. Photo by Phillip Joaquin Santos