Hungry for Glory: Tankers stoked to quench championship thirst
Published on October 2nd, 2014 | by DLSU Sports
Allotting almost a full year in preparation for this annual tournament, they are looking to do generate bigger waves at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool from October 2 to 5. They even maximized the summer break by training twice a day to assure that everyone will be in their best form come the season.
Losing a bunch of experienced swimmers, both team captains Kito Zialcita and Raissa Teaño expressed that the current roster’s members went beyond their usual laps in order to prepare themselves in overcoming the challenges they will be facing this season. “The veterans planted their seeds already in our team, and it’s just our job to continue what they have started,” told Zialcita. Teaño also added, “We felt that each swimmer now has a bigger role to play in the team.”
The Lady Tankers will be without Lorraine Angkico and Hannah Cheng while the Green Tankers will miss the services of Johansen Aguilar, Ron Tan, Allan San Juan, Jason Gaviola, Eugene Lin, and Benjamin Cruz.
Of course, with every loss comes a gain as 13 rookies for both teams arrived this year to pump the championship aspirations of the Lasallian swimmers. The Green Tankers’ newest additions are Red Silvestre, Miggy Narciso, Baron Ong, Robby Agustin, Troy Espiritu, Jason Difontorum, Luis Barangan and JM Ereneta. Meanwhile, Katrina Alvina, Aya Carandang, Aya Panganiban, Abi Manlongat and CJ Paz will rejuvenate the ladies’ swimming squad.
Always finishing within the top three in recent years, the teams know that they have what it takes to not only stay there as championships have been always the goal every time a green-capped swimmer plunges into the pool.
To take them there, unity and commitment is what Teaño thinks will aid the team’s journey to a sea of gold medals. “We want it more this year. The Tankers are hungry for a championship.” As for Zialcita, he is looking forward for the teams to benefit from the massive support that they are bound to receive from the Lasallian community. “Family, friends and fellow athletes will be able to watch and cheer for us all the way. This will be a huge push for our team,” he said after the UAAP decided to hold the event in the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila, which is geographically closer to the UAAP member schools than the Trace Aquatics Center in Los Baños, Laguna.
Each team is always eyeing to win the championship. What also motivates the DLSU Tankers on their way to the competition apart from the glory are their desire to continue improving together and the objective of getting the most out of every opportunity. “We like to think of ourselves as more than just teammates. We’re a family. We support each other no matter what and we accept each one despite weaknesses or differences,” Teaño disclosed. In support, Zialcita also shared that they will do their best “to put up a good competition against the other schools.”
The teams look to solidify their grip on the breaststroke, sprint, and relay events. At the same time, the Tankers will also hope to make their presence felt in the other categories to strengthen the championship hunt.
As the last sporting event of UAAP Season 77’s first semester, the swimming meet will be a pivotal piece towards La Salle’s general championship. The Tankers are aware of the task at hand. Towards fulfilling that goal, the swimmers will be delighted to be inspired by fellow Lasallians en route to achieving their goals this season, a twin championship included.