Dec. 5, 2005
MANILA, the Philippines - California swimmer Miguel Molina won three gold medals - in the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys and the 200-meter breaststroke - and a silver and a bronze at the 23rd South East Asian Games held Nov. 27-Dec. 5 in the Philippines. The Golden Bears senior, who competes internationally for the Philippines, also set Filipino national records in winning the 200 IM and in the 200 breaststroke.
At the SEA Games on Nov. 30, Molina won the 200 IM in a time of 2:03.80, eclipsing his own previous record of 2:04.64 set at the World Championships last summer in Montreal. On Dec. 2, he won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:16.88, which also broke a record of 2:18.71 Molina previously set at the 2005 World Championships.
Molina swam a 4:26.21 to win the 400 IM on Nov. 29 and break the previous Filipino record of 4:30.31. He also took second in the 200 free (1:52.83) on Dec. 3 and swam on the 400-medley relay to help the Philippines take bronze. The addition of countryman Miguel Mendoza's gold medal in the 1,500 free to Molina's three golds helped the Philippines surpass its gold tally of three at the last South East Asian Games, which took place in Vietnam in 2003. Molina won the 200 free title at Vietnam '03.
A 2004 Athens Olympian, Molina currently holds Cal's top times of the 2005-06 season in the 200-yard IM (1:48.99) and 400-yard IM (3:56.05). As he was abroad, Molina did not compete at the Texas Invitational last week with the rest of the Bears but will return in time for Cal's next collegiate competition, the Snowball Invitational, on Jan. 5, 2006, in Colorado Springs, Colo.