Nineteen tankers were awarded with the Most Outstanding Swimmer trophies in Class C of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 90th National Series Inter-school/Inter-club Class B and C-Motivational Swim Meet held at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
Fleet Marine Swim Club’s Tricia Jane Princillo and University of the Philippines’ Namahig Asa Mahiwo topped the list after ruling the girls’ 11-year and boys’ 15-over, respectively.
Princillo earned 27 points in winning four golds – 50m butterfly (44.75), 50m backstroke (47.46), 50m breaststroke (44.98) and 50m freestyle (31.59) – and one silver 100m Individual Medley (1:35.78) while Mahiwo got 21 points by claiming medals in the 100m IM (1:13.88), 50m butterfly (29.70), 50m backstroke (37.06) and 50m breaststroke (37.88).
Sharing the spotlight were Cassandra Santos of St. John of Beverley School (girls’ 6-under), and Diliman Preparatory School’s Elle Samantha Alavy-Chafi (10) and Aundee Villanueva (12), who likewise dominated their respective age bands.
Also winning MOS trophies in the girls’ division were Sara Francesca De Castro (8), Cian Lee Bonus (9), Nadynee Krisha Roma (13), Bridelyn Jude Gandol (14) and Mara Sabina Cruz (15-over).
The other MOS in the boys’ class were Kyle Dexter Gruta (6-under), Master Charles Janda (7), Lord Benedict Janda (8), Sean Benjamin Gonzales (9), Matthew Arceo (10), Maverick Gigantone (11), Arby Dela Cruz (12), Andrei Santiago (13) and Gabriel Rondina (14).
Nine new records were established including three each from Heather Linasan White of British School of Manila and Joey Del Rosario of Susan Papa Swim Academy, and one from Ferdinand Ian Trinidad, Estelle Margaret Mendez and Hanna Rafflyn Sales.
Diliman Preparatory School headed by coach Ed Mascardo bagged the overall championship crown with 640 poinst followed by second-placer Aquaspeed Sailfish of coach Richard Robles (476) and Bobstrokers Swim Team of coach Christen Mercado (390).
Rounding up the Top 10 teams were Malabon Swim Club, St. Scholastica’s College-Manila, Mabalacat City Flying Barracuda, Camp Aguinaldo Streamline, Angelicum Swim Club, Butterfly of Novaliches and Silang Baywolves Swim Club.
“By staging this kind of tournaments, we will be able to identify the swimmers who have the potential of become a champion in the future. We’re not just focusing on local tournaments because we want these kids to experience an international level of competition,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
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).
EMIL C. NOGUERA