La Salle University-Manila athletes bring home four team championships
from the 6th National University Games (UniGames) held in
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental on October 22-28.
Salle, together with UP-Diliman, emerged as the top contingent
after winning four titles while host University of St. La
Salle-Bacolod placed second with three championships.
bagged two chess titles, both for the men and womenís divisions,
while the menís volleyball crown finally fell into the open
arms of the Green Spikers. Victory came sweetest to the womenís
football team who got their feet and hands dirty, clinching
their third consecutive UniGames championship title.
The womenís volleyball, menís swimming, and men and womenís
athletics gained first runner-up positions.Green Tanker Raffy
Arabejo registered a new record in the menís 200 m fly with
2:15:52 minutes and also swam to victory in the 400-m free
style. Diego Carballo accounted the other gold for DLSU-M
in 100m fly.
The Green Archers, composed of Team B players, placed second,
closely behind southern champion St. Francis of Assisi College
in menís basketball.
Lady Tracksters Chantal Balani and Jonah Genilza, both entered
in athletic events, shared the Best Female Athlete Award for
having the most number of individual gold.
Balani broke the UniGames record for the 200m dash, and ruled
the 100m dash while Genilza held the 400m record and could
not be outrun in the 800m dash. They shared gold medals in
the 4 X 200 and 4 X 400 meter relays.
DLSU System President Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC graced the
event to give his support to the Lasallian schools that participated
in the UniGames. Some 40 schools from all over the country
joined the tournament.
Aside from competing Manila schools, several colleges and
universities from Visayas and Mindanao joined. Among them
were Ateneo de Davao, University of Cebu, University of Mindanao,
Silliman University, and University of Negros Occidental,
Recognized by the Commission on Higher Education, the University
Games founded by Brother Dizon is a healthy venue for national
tertiary sports competitions. The annual tournament complements
the Department of Culture and Sportsí Palarong Pambansa.