The following is a news release from the Manhoben Swim Team:
SUCCESS FOR MANHOBEN SWIMMERS AT LANGOY PILIPINAS SWIM MEET
Lee and Poppe awarded Most Outstanding Swimmers
Lee sets two new Guam records
(Bacolod, PHILIPPINES) – Tuesday, October 25, 2022 – Four Guam swimmers excelled over the weekend at the Langoy Pilipinas Masskara Festival Swim Meet held October 22-23, 2022 at the St John’s Institute Sports Pavililion in Negros Occidental, Philippines. Representing the Manhoben Swim Club, Mia Lee, John Moore, Israel Poppe, and Keana Santos each achieved new personal records as they competed against more than 300 athletes in the 2-day long meet. Representing 27 teams, swimmers 6 years old and up competed in eleven individual events and relays at this international meet.
“Our athletes continue to demonstrate grit, skill and their commitment to the sport,” said Coach Andy Lee of Manhoben Swim Club. “We’re grateful to have the opportunity to compete with swimmers from across the Philippines. Si Yu’os Ma’åse and Maraming salamat po to our hosts, Langoy Pilipinas and Ying Fa Philippines, and special thanks to our swimmers, their families, and the community for their support.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the Manhoben Swim Club from Guam to compete in our event and help us to celebrate the first Masskara Festival since the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cris Bancal, Langoy Pilipinas Meet Director. “It has been a great experience connecting with Guam swimmers and we look forward to visiting your beautiful island in the future with our Philippine teams.”
New Guam Swimming Records
On Saturday, October 22nd, with a time of 29.72 in the 50m butterfly event, Mia Lee took first place in the 13-14 girls division, first place female overall and broke the Guam 13-14 age group record of 30.93 previously set by Samantha Hon in 2016. Note: This time is also faster than the Guam national record of 31.85.
Continuing the streak on Sunday, October 23rd with a time of 27.73 in the 50m freestyle, Lee again came in first place in the 13-14 girls division, first place female overall and broke the Guam 13-14 age group record of 28.33 previously set by Pilar Shimizu in 2011. Note: This time is also faster than the Guam national record of 28.14.
Led by Coach Andy Lee, swimmers Israel Poppe, John Moore IV, Keana Santos and Mia Lee represented Manhoben Swim Club at this international meet. Swimming since the age of 4, Poppe is an active member of his church and enjoys cross country, off-roading and video games. Poppe is a sophomore at Guam Adventist Academy. A freshman at Father Dueñas Memorial School, John Moore IV is an all-around athlete and enjoys soccer, water polo and volleyball. This event was Moore’s first international swim meet and he achieved personal records in all 10 events. Santos is a sophomore at John F. Kennedy High School, who looks forward to local and international swim competitions, drawing, surfing, and scuba diving. In addition to six other events, Santos swam the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, taking bronze in both. Lee is a sophomore at St. John’s School, scholar athlete, avid reader, and community volunteer.
The Manhoben Swim Club – Guam was awarded nineteen (19) medals – 14 golds, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Most Outstanding Swimmer medals were awarded to swimmers Israel Poppe (15-16 boys division) and Mia Lee (13-14 girls division) for their high point placement in multiple events. In addition to numerous personal records, the following swimmers placed in various individual events:
(Manhoben1): Representing Manhoben Swim Club-Guam (L-R) Israel Poppe, Coach Andy Lee, Mia Lee, Keana Santos and John Moore IV at the Langoy Pilipinas Masskara Festival Swim Meet held October 22-23, 2022 at the St John’s Institute Sports Pavililion in Negros Occidental, Philippines.
(Manhoben-Mia Lee): Mia Lee medaled in all her events at the Langoy Pilipinas Swim meet taking home 7 gold, 2 silver medals and the Most Outstanding Swimmer award, along with two new Guam records for the 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle. Lee is a Sophmore at St John’s School.
(Manhoben-Izzy Poppe): Israel Poppe, a sophmore at Guam Adventist Academy, brought home 7 gold and 1 silver medal, as well as the Most Outstanding Swimmer award. (L-R) Darren Evangelista, Yingfa Pilipinas CEO and Congress of Philippine Aquatics, Co-Founder, Israel Poppe and Manhoben Coach Andy Lee.