Young tankers Holly Beard of British School Manila and Kurt Nicolai Peters of Diliman Preparatory School topped their respective events to lead the gold medalists in the Motivational Division of the 118th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series—Motivational and Novice Swimming Meet on Saturday at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Beard dominated the girls’ 11-year 100m Individual Medley after submitting one minute and 38.13 seconds to beat Leah Buenaventura (1:38.59) and Karla Dimalantac (1:41.10) who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
For his part, Peters ruled the boys’ 14-year 50m butterfly in 35.31 seconds against silver medalist John Addatu (35.84) and bronze winner Christ Andal (36.13) in the tournament supported by The Manila Times.
The other gold medal winners were Maureen Flaminiano in girls’ 15-over 100m IM (1:25.66), Alexandrina Jacinto in girls’ 13-year 100m IM (1:34.38), Andrea Ybanez in girls’ 14-year 100m IM (1:33.66), Sean Turingan in boys’ 7-year 50m butterfly (1:10.56) and Justin Badion in boys’ 8-year 50m butterfly (53.96).
Also bringing home gold medals were Angel Navarrete, Senise Baui, Patricia Santos, Marco Ubaldo, Mikee Suicon, Russel Diwa, Arvin Pante, Marian Nacionales, Bea Presto, Lauren Brillantes, Francine Cabato, Sebastian Alcoran, Arhur Bondoc and Ian Madrid.
In Novice, the gold medalists were Arwen Nilo, Asheyezza Palermo, Heleina Glorioso, Alexandra Villamer, Anna Victorino, Shem Dizon, Sebastian Castejon, Elaijash Regalario, Roland Ybanez and Ritche Ruiz.
The tournament serves a qualifying tilt for international competitions including the Singapore Invitational Swimming Meet, Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championship and Japan Age-Group Swimming Championship.
“We’re happy with the outcome of this competition. We’ve seen a lot of potential swimmers. We will be guiding them to achieve their best time records and hopefully represent our country in international meets in the future,” said PSL President Susan Papa.