Monday, July 4, 2011

ALS Boys Shine in Swim Meet

Freestyle division winners - 1st place, John Paulo Caparas; 2nd place Edwin Jones; 3rd place, Allan Vincent Ramos 
Three boys enrolled in the Alternative Learning System at the TDI-Magdalena Campus won first, second, and third place in the freestyle division of the 2011 Diliman Preparatory School - Philippine Swimming League Class C and Novice Swim Meet yesterday. The boys, John Paulo Caparas, Edwin Jones, and Allan Vincent Ramos said they felt like David going against Goliath when they saw their opponents -- taller, bigger bodied, and wearing expensive swimming trunks. They lost early  backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and relay events. But just before the last event, the freestyle method, after a pep talk with VOH's  Nurse Elmer who reminded them of instructions from Coach Susan Papa, the boys decided that they would win first, second, and third place.  

And they did!  John Paulo came in first, Edwin Jones came in second, and and Allan Vincent took third place.

"Inaalay po namin ang pagkapanalo naming ito sa Panginoon," (We dedicate our win to the Lord,) Edwin said.  

Left to right: Arnold dela Cruz, Allan Vincent Ramos, John Paulo Caparas,
Edwin Jones, and Michael Clavel.

With Coach Susan Papa

Warm-up exercises 

Photos and reportage: Allan Pardico