• 21 tankers top 80th PSL Series

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    Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, GMA-Aklan’s DZMM Station Manager Butch Maquinto with the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in the 80th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Vice Mayor Isko Moreno Top 16 Long Course Swimming Meet. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, GMA-Aklan’s DZMM Station Manager Butch Maquinto with the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in the 80th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Vice Mayor Isko Moreno Top 16 Long Course Swimming Meet. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Twenty-one tankers bagged the Most Out standing Swimmer (MOS) award in their respective age groups in the 80th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Vice Mayor Isko Moreno Top 16 Long Course Swimming Meet held at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Vito Cruz, Manila.

    Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque’s Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 9 years) and Weisenheimer Academy’s Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 8 years) led the MOS awardees after earning 50 and 44 points, respectively.

    Joining them in the spotlight were Carmenrose Matabuena (girls’ 15-over), Aubrey Tom (girls’ 8 years), Chelsea Denise Pastolero (girls’ 6-under), Gian Carlo Banas (boys’ 6-under), Rafael Lentejas II and Morie Pabalan (boys’ 7 years), Aalia Jaire Espejo (girls’ 11 years), Hanna Sales (girls’ 7 years) and Jennuel Booh De Leon (boys’ 9 years).

    “We are happy with the outcome of this edition. A lot of swimmers have improved their times. But we are not just focusing on improving their personal records, kasama sa dini-develop namin yung character ng mga bata,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    “Mawawalan ng saysay ang husay nila kung ang attitude naman hindi maganda. We are aligned with FISU’s theme – mind, spirit and body – kaya we also remind these young swimmers to be humble and be good with their fellow swimmers and other people around them,” she stressed.

    The other MOS winners were Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 10 years), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 years), Sean Terence Zamora (boys’ 14 years), Rizalino Cortez III (boys’ 11 years), Chloe Ann Marie Fabic (girls’ 12 years), Gregg Alexander Marasigan (boys’ 12 years), Jesreel Francisco (girls’ 13 years), Ferdinand Ian Trinidad (boys’ 13 years), Kara Thereze Colaste (girls’ 14 years) and Carl Patrick Bormate (boys’ 15-over).

    Winning gold medals on the final day were Martin Jacob Pupos, Gabriel Reyes, Finn Jason Lock, Nicole Camacho, Manu Ugaban, Czesk Valdez, Erika Flaminiano, Marcus Faytaren, Patricia Aguilar, Isabel Baclig, Lucio Cuyong II, Andree Ocampo, Luis Joaquin Ventura and Lee Grant Cabral.

    “Our next competitions will be held in Davao and Bicol. Gusto naming bigyan ng chance ang ibang swimmers especially yung mga nasa probinsiya para mag-qualify sa World University Games,” added Papa.

    The PSL, fresh from winning its third-straight overall title in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship after claiming 36 golds, 50 silvers and 31 bronzes, 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).

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