■ Harley F. Palangchao
Baguio girl Dhana Victoria Seda continues to make her presence felt in aquathlon as she qualified for the Batang Pinoy national qualifying swimming held on Sept. 3 and 7 at the Athletic Bowl after emerging as champion in previous aquathlon events.
The 17-year-old grade 12 student of Christian Legacy Academy and her mother, Catherine, paid a courtesy call to Rep. Mark Go, who commended her for consistently bringing pride and glory to the city by representing Baguio in national events.
Seda was champion in the Super Aquathlon individual age group at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Club in July this year and also emerged the overall women’s fastest run in the Aquaman Aquathlon individual age group also at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Club in June.
Last March, she was champion in the National Aquathlon Open held in the same venue.
She was also the champion in the six-kilometer category of Saint Joseph Famtastic fun run at the Baguio Country Club in May and placed second in the 12-km. category of the Run to the Edge fun run, also held at BCC.
She was most valuable swimmer in the CNL-CAR Swim Meet in November 2022 at Saint Louis University aquatics facility.
A natural introvert and a shy person, Seda started her journey in competitive sports when she was nine years old. Her love for the sport has brought her out of her comfort zone, while also immersing herself into arts and music.
Her strength and conditioning coach Jethro Cabico and swim coach Kalayaan Manialung were behind her victories in aquathlon events.