World University Games qualifier Mhickcoloe Dominique Abina and Jeffrey Michael Hirao pocketed the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awards in the elite category of the Philippine Swimming League-Magnolia 65th Leg Series held at the Diliman Preparatory School Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Abina topped the boys’ 17-over class while Hirao reigned supreme in the boys’ 16 years event of the tournament supported by Magnolia, DPS President and former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, and The Manila Times.
Singapore-bound Michael Lozada (boys’ 7 years) and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8 years) also dominated their respective events. Lozada and Mojdeh will be representing the country in the 20th Open Invitational Midget Meet at the Singapore Swimming Club on September 13 to 14.
Kyla Soguilon (9 years), Aubrey Tom (7 years), Tricia Princillo (10 years), Franz Joves (11 years), Jesreel Francisco (12 years), Eya Jamiel Tumbokon (13 years), Angelica Mae Medrano (14 years), Jaymee Ortega (15 years) and Andrea Pacheco (16 years) were the MOS in the girls’ division.
Winning the MOS in the boys’ category were Yoshimichi Maruo (10 years), Martin Jacob Pupos (15 years), James Hernandez (14 years), John Armocilla (13 years), Daryl Concepcion (12 years), Gregg Marasigan (11 years), Stephen Guzman (9 years), Lee Grant Cabral (8 years), Emeril Valdez (6 years) and Gabriel Neluna (5-under).
“These are the products of our hard work. We will continue searching for talented swimmers who will be given a chance to represent our country in some major international competitions. We will give them proper exposure to upgrade their standards,” said PSL President Susan Papa, who mentioned that all MOS awardees are qualified to compete in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet in November in Thailand .
The Cavite Sailfish bagged its third consecutive overall title with 1,073 points while the DPS Swimming Team got the second place with 885 points and the Amoranto Swimming Team took home the third place honors with 507 points.
“As host, we really wanted to win the overall title for our school and for DPS President Nikki Coseteng but we fell short in the point system as some of our swimmers abandoned their events on the final day,” said DPS coach Ava Dimalanta.
The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines . It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.