Four new records were established including three from promising tanker Julius Glen Vasquez in the 125th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – 4th Commodore Jaime Jimenez Sr. Short Course Swim Meet on Sunday at the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Rawis, Legazpi City.
Representing Naga Amateur Swimming Association, Vasquez opened his campaign with a record-breaking feat in the 100m Individual Medley where he registered one minute and 11.98 seconds in the boys’ 11-year event.
Vasquez also smashed the old marks in the 50m butterfly (30.36) and 50m freestyle (28.69) in the tournament supported by The Manila Times.
Palarong Pambansa veteran James Peter Hernandez of Albay Falcons Swim Club, on the other hand, broke the boys’ 15-over 50m backstroke record via a 24.38-second showing.
“This grassroots program of the PSL helps a lot of coaches, parents and swimmers sustain their interest to continue to train, as they are very motivated as they keep on improving their times inch by inch in each competition and winning,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Sharing the limelight were gold medallists Marc Bryan Dula of Wisenheimer Academy (boys’ 10-year 50m freestyle), and Diliman Preparatory School standouts Elle Alavy-Chafi (girls’ 11-year 50m freestyle) and Albert Sermonia II (boys’ 12-year 50m freestyle).
Winning medals in their respective events were Dinry Fugentes, Nadler Bolima, Christian Trump Luistro, John Salinel, Kirsten Agao, Lee Grant Cabral, Alea Tence, Margarette Dee, Isis Arnaldo, Lhaarny Agnas and Alfonso Cabanela.
The other medallists were Angel Chan, Leonardo Dalman III, Reymond De Leon, Carl Jude Tence, Heleina Glorioso, Ethan Fajardo, Alfonso Cabanela, Zyrilyn Anonuevo,
John Mahayhay, Jan Talavera, Gian Nunez and Maricris Serrano.
“This competition is for Bicolanos as part of our screening for their participation in international meets. I love Bicol being my second home and I can see potential swimmers developing in every PSL competitions,” added Papa.
The PSL is recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission as the official swimming association in the country following its impressive grassroots development program that aims to train talented swimmers for future international competitions.