Veteran campaigner Jifrey Azur head the list of World University Games qualifiers during the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 64th Leg Series dubbed as Jaime C. Jimenez-El Presidente Swimming Championship held at the Mariners Polytechnic University Foundation swimming pool in Rawiz, Legazpi City.
Azur, a bronze medallist in the Cape Town Swimming Gala in South Africa, will be joined by fellow Bicolanos Aldrick Formaran, Joawuin Maronilla, Isidro Lastimosa, Arlyn Arcadio and Romeo Galvez.
“The purpose I created the PSL is to democratize swimming and make it a swim for all. To develop youth as fully integrated members of society not just for the promotion of swimming but also for the development of young generation,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Azur took the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) award in the boys’ 17-over category while Arcadio dominated the girls’ 17-over event.
The other MOS winners were Aidepp Merriel de Luna (girls’ 6-under), Alea Faye Tence (girls’ 7 years), Margaret Lianna Dee (girls’ 8 years), Isis Arnaldo (girls’ 9 years), Zyrilyn Monica Anonuevo (girls’ 10 years), Christine Keith de Luna (girls’ 11 years), Hannah Imelda Sartorio (girls’ 12 years), Jean Andrei Vasquez (girls’ 13 years), Abigail Jade Austria (girls’ 14 years), Alexandra Maronilla-Seva (girls’ 15 years) and Trisha Anne Oliveros (girls’ 16 years).
Also topping their age-groups wer Ythnmthw Orellana (boys’ 6-under), Richard Aquitana (boys’ 7 years), Gian dela Torre (boys’ 8 years), Julius Vasquez (boys’ 9 years), Jordan Lorbos (boys’ 10 years), Carl Tence (boys’ 11 years), Mervier Mirandilla (boys’ 12 years), Daniel Rubio (boys’ 13 years), Peter Hernandez (boys’ 14 years), Namahig Mahiwo (boys’ 15 years) and Emmanuel Adornado (boys’ 16 years).
“We want to provide excellent program to swimmers to further develop their individual potential so that they will achieve high level of competitiveness. To inspire and enable swimmers to achieve excellence in the sport of swimming and in life,” added Papa.
All MOS winners will also represent the country in the Royal Bangkok Meet scheduled in November in Thailand.
Saint Agnes Academy bagged the overall title with 730 points while Albay Falcons Swim Club (304) and Quezon Killer Whales (302) settled for the second and third, respectively.