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LEE SETS NEW GUAM RECORDS IN PHILIPPINES SWIM MEET

Lee, Poppe awarded Most Outstanding Swimmers

PRESS RELEASE – 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 Pavilion 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.  

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. (contributed photo)

Manhoben results 

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:

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Swimmer Event Official Result Place
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 200m Freestyle 2:21.25 1st
John Moore IV Boys 13-14 100m Breaststroke 1:27.15 6th
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 200m Freestyle 2:07.16 1st
Keana Santos Girls 15-16 50m Butterfly 33.97 3rd
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 50m Butterfly 29.72* 1st
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 50m Butterfly 27.14 1st
Keana Santos Girls 15-16 100m Freestyle 1:07.22 3rd
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 50m Backstroke 33.22 1st
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 50m Backstroke 30.84 1st
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 100m Freestyle 1:02.65 1st
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 100m Freestyle 56.13 1st
Keana Santos Girls 15-16 200m Individual Medley 2:55.90 4th
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 200m Individual Medley 2:46.95 2nd
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 200m Individual Medley 2:21.03 1st
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 100m Butterfly 1:13.69 1st
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 100m Butterfly 1:03.25 2nd
Keana Santos Girls 15-16 100m Backstroke 1:24.66 5th
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 100m Backstroke 1:15.25 2nd
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 100m Backstroke 1:07.50 2nd
John Moore Boys 13-14 100m Backstroke 1:22.97 7th
Keana Santos Girls 15-16 50m Breaststroke 44.79 7th
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 50m Breaststroke 38.72 1st
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 50m Breaststroke 34.65 4th
John Moore Boys 13-14 50m Breaststroke 38.28 7th
Keana Santos Girls 15-16 50m Freestyle 31.43 4th
Mia Lee Girls 13-14 50m Freestyle 27.73* 1st
Israel Poppe Boys 15-16 50m Freestyle 25.87 1st
John Moore Boys 13-14 50m Freestyle 28.67 9th

* indicates new Guam record (pending Guam Swimming Federation certification) 

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