Aklan tankers take 56th PSL Leg Series crown

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Emanuel Joshua Lorbes during the breaststroke event of the boys’ 16 years category. Lorbes bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer plum in his age-group. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Emanuel Joshua Lorbes during the breaststroke event of the boys’ 16 years category. Lorbes bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer plum in his age-group. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

KALIBO, Aklan: Host Aklan Swimming Club garnered a total of 747 points to claim the overall title in the 56th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as the 1st Cong. Ted Haresco Jr. Swimming Cup held at the Makato Sports Complex.

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Veteran internationalists Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 9 years), Kobe Soguilon (boys’ 14 years) and Michael Gabriel Lozada (boys’ 7 years) as well as Juliene Fernandez (girls’ 6 years) and Sidley Rose Malumay (girls’ 10 years) of Aklan head the list of the Most Oustanding Swimmer (MOS) awardees.

“We’re overwhelmed with the good turnout of this tournament. We’re happy that we were able to put up a good fight against some of the country’s best age-groupers. We’re looking forward to another fruitful campaign in the next series of the PSL,” said Aklan Swimming Club President Kokoy Soguilon.

Kyla and Lozada got five individual gold medals each while Fernandez earned four, and Kobe and Malumay pocketed two gold medals apiece.

The other MOS in the girls’ division were Royal Bangkok Meet gold medalist Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (7 years), Alynna Ysabel Garcia (8 years), Trisha Lei Bongco (11 years), Yzandra Opina (12 years), Kara Thereze Colaste (13 years), Celine Ann Delovato (14 years), Andrea Jheremy Pacheco (15 years) and Patricia Alexis Molino (16 years).

Palarong Pambansa standout McTracy Alindogan, an eight-gold winner in 2014 Cape Town Swim Meet in South Africa, had a perfect five-gold medal haul to take the MOS trophy in the boys’ 13 years category.

Emanuel Joshua Lorbes (16 years), Lester Yatar (17-over), Sean Elijah Enero (15 years), Rhodisper Dimapilis (12 years), David Villaruz (11 years), Ralph Bryson Bultron (10 years), Kensaku Hatazawa (9 years), Eirik Judel Rivera (8 years) and Rex Dela Cruz were the other MOS winners in the boys’ class.

“This is just the beginning of a good partnership with the swimming teams here in Aklan as well as the local government unit, the Red Cross and othee people who helped us in making this competition a successful one,” said PSL President Susan Papa, who thanked Aklan Rep. Ted Haresco, Red Cross Youth Committee Chairman Elena Brugger, Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores, Department of Education and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Rounding up the top teams second placer JB Lacson-Iloilo (561 points) followed by Capiz Eaglerays (408.5), Malabon-Navotas Club (311), Susan Papa Swim Academy (303), Cavite Sailfish (261), Capiz Turbo Shark (261), Blue Shark-Aklan (189), Poseidon-Iloilo (175.5) and Rizal Memorial Swim Club (156).

“We really wanted to teach young kids here in Boracay on how to swim competitively because it’s ironic that some of the kids here don’t know how to. We want to train them to become good swimmers and hopefully represent our country in future international tournaments,” said Brugger. “That’s one of our goals and we want to achieve that goal in cooperation with the PSL.”

The open water competition is scheduled on Sunday.

PSL having the longest grassroots program in sport is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines – an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.

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