Bicol standouts James Peter Hernandez and Trump Christian Luistro led the gold medalists in the 125th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – 4th Commodore Jaime Jimenez Sr. Short Course Swim Meet being held at the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Rawis, Legazpi City.
Hernandez, a Palarong Pambansa veteran, topped the boys’ 15-over 50m butterfly with 28.15 seconds, edging out Dinry Fugentes (28.32) and Nadler Bolima (29.12), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
Luistro notched 43.78 seconds to dominate the boys’ 9-year 50m breaststroke event against silver medalist John Salinel (48.13) and bronze medalist Kirsten Agao (57.64).
“We’re happy to be back here in Bicol. We believe that we have a lot of talented swimmers here and we’re looking forward to discover more talents. We would like to thank Commodore Dante Jimenez for hosting this huge event,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The other gold medalists were Marc Bryan Dula of Wisenheimer Academy (boys’ 10-year 100m IM), Lee Grant Cabral of Diliman Preparatory School (boys’ 11-year 50m breaststroke), Alea Tence (girls’ 10-year 100m IM), Elle Alavy-Chafi (girls’ 11-year 100m IM), Margarette Dee (girls’ 12-year 100m IM), Isis Arnaldo (girls’ 13-year 100m IM), Lhaarny Agnas (girls’ 14-year 100m IM) and Alfonso Cabanela (boys’ 8-year 50m backstroke).
The other top finishers were Reymond De Leon, Julius Vasquez, Angel Chan, Leonardo Dalman III, Carl Jude Tence, Heleina Glorioso, Ethan Fajardo, Alfonso Cabanela, Zyrilyn Anonuevo, John Mahayhay, Jan Talavera, Gian Nunez and Maricris Serrano.
The tournament, supported by The Manila Times, serves as tryout for international competitions in Thailand, Singapore, Hong and Japan.
“We’re also thankful to the Falcon Swim Team headed by Awie Adornado and Ibalong Magayon Swim Club of Arlon Rances and to Commodore Jimenez, president of Mariners Polythecnic Foundation,” added Papa.
The PSL is recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission as an official swimming association in the country following its impressive grassroots development program that aims to train talented swimmers for future international competitions.