Aklan tanker gears up for swimming tourneys

EXPECT Aklan aquanaut Kyla Soguilon to churn competitive waters in 2019.

The Grade 8 student from Regional Science High School of Aklan is gearing up for various tournaments beginning next month. Her preparations include training in one of the best swim training camps at the Race Club at Coronado, California.

To recall, the multi-titled tanker trained in the US under the tutelage of renowned American Olympian gold medalists Gary Hall Sr. and his son, Gary Jr.

At age 14, Soguilon has thrice claimed the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) junior athlete of the year award and Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Palarong Pambansa twice.

She trained at The Race Club Swim Camp in Coronado, California, which is owned by Hall Sr. and uses scientific methods in swim training.

She is expected to banner Aklan in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet next month in Roxas City, Capiz.

Before she flew to California, Soguilon already won five gold medals in the Batang Pinoy Visayas Games and other national and international swimming competitions.

Some of her remarkable wins include the 2016 Palarong Pambansa in Legazpi City, Albay, the 21st MILO Little Olympics in Cebu City and the 2016 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte.

All throughout her journey, she already produced 32 gold, 12 silver, and two bronze medals for the Philippines which she won in various international tilts in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

She also set five new meet records and won four Most Outstanding Swimmer awards in her age category.

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