Patrick Yulo of University of St. La Salle-Integrated School won a gold, three silver, and one bronze medals in the 2016 National PRISAA last month in Koronadal South Cotabato.
The medals he won in the national meet boosted the chances of Negrense swimmers of breaking into the top of local swimming tournaments, dominated recently by tankers from Manila.
At the PRISAA Meet, Yulo captured the gold medal in 50-meter breaststroke, a silver medal in 100 breaststroke, and a bronze in the 200m breaststroke.
Yulo was also part of the Western Visayas secondary boys' swimming team that bagged the silver in 4x100m medley relay and 4x100m free relay.
Training under the Sta. Fe Swimming Club in Bacolod City, the young swimmer has been a regular feature in various local swimming tournaments.
He also dominated the boys' 15 years old and above category of the Hinigaran Age-Group Swimming Invitational held Saturday at the Canonoy Beach Resort in Hinigaran.
The tournament drew participation from emerging swimming talents in the province including Cadiz City's John Klent Magno and Ruthre Desuyo, who topped the 7-8 years old category and Lean Lubaton and Kyna Christia Baroa in the 9-10 years old division of the competition.
Other winners during the Hinigaran event were Kadalagan Swim Team's Jan Mark Mañalac and Anya Marstella Eusebio in the 6 and under division, Von Gabriel Cabana of the boys' 11-12 years old category, and John Richard Sayon in the 13-14 years old age bracket.
Jana Neri, Yulo's teammate in the Sta. Fe Swimming Club reigned in girls' 11-12 years old category while St. La Salle's Tresna Lavador topped the the girls' 13-14 years old group.*NAB
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