The Ateneo Swimming Teams conclude Season 79 campaign
October 25, 2016
Jamie S. Katigbak, The Guidon, photo courtesy of The Guidon
The finale to the Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Swimming saga was nothing less than an emotional whirlpool for swimmers and spectators alike, as the fourth day of competition saw champions both rise and fall in the tournament’s final chapter on Monday, October 24 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
The Blue and Lady Eagles ended their run for a third consecutive crown on a bittersweet note, with the men’s capturing the crown and the women stumbling in a heated point-race with rivals University of the Philippines (UP) to end the Eagles’ reign over the competition. While the men enjoyed leverage through a huge margin of separation from the rest of the opposition, the Lady Eagles found a tough adversary in the Lady Maroons, who managed to turn the tide at the end of Day 3, coming within a 10-point reach going into the last day. Greater presence on the podium ultimately sent the trophy sailing to Diliman as UP topped the tables to take back the crown that had eluded them for the past two seasons.