DAGUPAN CITY â€“ Janelle Alisa Frances Lin of the Balon Dagupan Batang Pinoy Swimming Team set three new national records in the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte on November 27 to December 2 participated in by 12,000 athletes from all over the country.
Lin, who competed in the under 12 years old category in five swimming events, is the first Dagupan athlete who broke three national records in the Batang Pinoy National Championships.
She broke the 2012 national record of Erin Castrillo of Manila in 200M Individual Medley of 2:38.25 by setting a new national record of 2:35.87.
She also broke the 2012 national record of Marie Olegario of San Juan in 200M Backstroke of 2:39.22 with a new national record of 2:35.19.
Janelle also wiped out the 2015 national record of Aubrey Bermejo of Iligan City in 200 M Freestyle of 2:20.52 by setting a new national record of 2:18.17. Bermejo just broke the 14-year record of that event last year.
She also won a gold medal in the 50 meter free style and a silver medal in the 200M butterfly.
The 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championship is Linâ€™s second where she settled for a bronze medal in one event last year after she was slowed down by her asthma.
Lin has been a part of the cityâ€™s swimming team who has been training daily for two to three hours for free under the B.T.F. Does it Program of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez at the cityâ€™s poolside.
She admits that it has never been her dream to be in swimming but was inspired by her father and sisterâ€™s passion in swimming.
Lin thanked Mayor Fernandez for the free training and for maintaining the good condition of the cityâ€™s own swimming pool at the poolside.
On the other hand, Fernandez hailed the efforts of the cityâ€™s athletes for their growth mindedness especially in their efforts in engaging themselves in the process of their training.
â€œTruly we are indeed making history in our city as our athletes are showing excellent skills in sports after we started with our B.T.F. Does It program that leads to the creation of the Dagupan City Sports Council and the Dagupan City Athletic Association of the Department of Education in the city,â€ said Fernandez as she also thanked the parents for supporting the cityâ€™s sports program.
The city sent 23 athletes in the championships that competed in swimming, arnis, chess and basketball 3 on 3.
As her message to aspiring athletes, Lin said â€œdapat gusto nila yong ginagawa nila at dapat determined sila sa kanilang trainingâ€.
Lin also has five medals in the last Palarong Pambansa with a gold, three silvers and one bronze. She admits that in her first exposure in the Palarong Pambansa she never won any medal and landed in the 3rd place in her second Palarong Pambansa. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 5, 2016)