University of the Philippines standout Denjylie Cordero broke the record in the centerpiece girls’ 17-Over while seven other new marks were established in the 52nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as The Manila Times College Swimming Championship on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
Cordero posted an impressive two-minute, 28.88-second showing in the 200-meter Individual Medley (IM), surpassing her old record of 2:29.06 registered on November 24, 2012.
It was actually a Cordero clan show as she defeated her siblings Delia Angela (2:33.66) and Dennice Juliet (2:45.03), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
Palarong Pambansa champions Maurice Sacho Ilustre and Yuri Ilustre also made their presence felt by nailing records in the boys’ 14 years category.
Maurice Sacho had a sterling 1:00.41 in the 100m butterfly to eclipse the 1:02.38 of Lans Donato on August 9, 2013 while Yuri submitted 2:23.06 in the 200m IM to erase the 2:30.02 of Vince Mikko Dimaano on December 15, 2012.
The other record breakers are Carmen Rose Matabuena (girls’ 14 years 100m IM, 2:38.62), Priscila Loren Aquino (girls’ 16 years 200m IM, 2:36.28), Chloe Anne Marie Fabic (girls’ 10 years 50m butterfly, 34.50), Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ six years 50m butterfly, 47.22) and Michael Gabriel Lozada (boys’ seven years 50m butterfly, 40.43).
“It’s just the first half of the tournament and we’re expecting more records to be broken in the other events. It only shows that these kids are improving from time to time,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Promising tankers Sean Terrence Zamora (boys’ 13 years 200m IM and 100m butterfly), Inaki Emil Lorbes (boys’ 12 years 100m and 200m IM), Charize Esmero (girls’ 11 years 200m IM and 100m butterfly), Portia Kate Doragos (girls’ 13 years 200m IM and 100m butterfly) and Vaughn Andre Aquino (boys’ nine years 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke) were the first double-gold medallists in the tournament which drew more than 500 swimmers from 61 all over the country.
Also winning gold medals are Emanuel Joshua Lorbes (boys’ 16 years 100m butterfly), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ seven years 50m butterfly), Bela Louise Magtibay (girls’ 12 years 200m IM), Celyn Parco (girls’ 15 years 200m IM), Sean Cruz (boys’ 11 years 200m IM), Jose Gabriel Lavina (boys’ 15 years 200m IM), Darwin Tumaneng (boys’ 16 years 200m IM), Jerome Magallanes (boys’ 17-Over 200m IM), Kaila Villanueva (girls’ six years 50m butterfly), Kyla Soguilon (girls’ nine years 50m butterfly), Jasmine Del Moro (girls’ eight years 20m butterfly), Gabriel Labasan (boys’ eight years 50m butterfly), Charles Ticbaen (boys’ 10 years 50m butterfly), Julianne Solita (girls’ 12 years 100m butterfly) and Noah Labasan (boys’ eight years 50m breaststroke).
The collegiate level in the PSL-TMTC meet will serve as tryout for the World Universiade while the age-group category is a qualifying for the upcoming international tournaments in Australia and Hong Kong.
The PSL, the national Sports Association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines (FESSAP), and the longest grassroots developmental program in the country, will be selecting 96 swimmers (48 male and 48 female) for the World Universiade scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea.