Eighteen tankers were named Most Outstanding Swimmers (MOS) in the 79th PSL National Series dubbed as the Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swim Championship held at the Diliman College Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Record-breakers Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 9 years), Aubrey Tom (girls’ 8 years), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (boys’ 11 years), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 years) and newcomer Joshua Den Ouden (boys’ 13 years) led the list of MOS awardees as they topped their respective age-groups.
“We saw another spectacular performance from all swimmers in the Nikki Coseteng Swim Championship. With 11 of them breaking PSL records and hitting quadraple A. It only shows that the monthly competition work and we will continue to sustain that,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Sharing the spotlight were Swimmers of the Year Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 10 years) and Sean Terence Zamora (boys’ 14 years) along with veteran international campaigners Paul Christian King Cusing (boys’ 15-over) and Trisha Oliveros (girls’ 15-over).
“We are happy that we learn to live without the government support and rather we are helping the government for a healthy citizenry,” added Papa.
The other MOS winners were Raniel Bautista (boys’ 6-under), Morie Pabalan (boys’ 7 years), Joey Del Rosario (boys’ 8 years), Lee Grant Cabral (boys’ 9 years), Aalia Jaire Espejo (girls’ 11 years), Charize Juliana Esmero (girls’ 12 years), Edrian Laureta (boys’ 12 years), Jesreel Francisco (girls’ 13 years) and Mara Sabina Cruz (girls’ 14 years).
The PSL now shifts its focus on the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship scheduled next month in Singapore.
More than 60 swimmers will be sent to Singapore as the PSL aims to defend its overall title in the annual swim meet.
Last year, the PSL won 69 golds, 55 silvers and 37 bronzes.
“After our local competitions, we are now focusing on the second stage of our grassroots development program – sending them abroad for exposure. Malaki ang pagkakaiba kapag nagko-compete internationally than in local competitions. Mas tumatapang sila dahil bansa na ang dala nila hindi lang ang team or school nila,” Papa stressed.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).