Calapan tanker bags 2 gold medals in PSL tilt opener

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Divine Word College of Calapan’s Rio Lorenzo Malapitan during the breaststroke leg of the 200m Individual Medley of the 91st Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series-RPM Swim Meet at the JJ Leido Jr. Sports Complex in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Divine Word College of Calapan’s Rio Lorenzo Malapitan during the breaststroke leg of the 200m Individual Medley of the 91st Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series-RPM Swim Meet at the JJ Leido Jr. Sports Complex in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Divine Word College of Calapan’s Rio Lorenzo Malapitan started his campaign by winning two gold medals on Saturday in the 91st Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series-RPM Swim Meet being held at the JJ Leido Jr. Sports Complex in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

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Malapitan, a gold medalist in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, ruled the boys’ 12-year 200m Individual Medley in two minutes and 49.53 seconds then topped the 50m butterfly via a 29.89-second showing in the tournament organized by the Raging Paddlers of Mindoro.

Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, Joey Del Rosario of Susan Papa Swim Academy and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque also made their presence felt as they bagged two gold medals each.

Dula dominated the boys’ 9-year 100m butterfly (1:33.65) and 200m IM (3:13.62) while Del Rosario bagged the boys’ 8-year 100m butterfly (1:39.62) and 200m IM (3:36.60) golds, and Mojdeh reigned supreme in the girls’ 9-year 100m butterfly (1:24.38) and 200m IM (2:56.25).

Siblings Ruben White and Heather White of British School of Manila joined the list of double-gold medalists by claiming the top honors in the boys’ 11-year 50m butterfly (37.22) and 200m IM (3:07.31), and girls’ 8-year 100m butterfly (1:33.56) and 200m IM (3:20.69), respectively.

The other double-gold winners were Trump Christian Luistro in the boys’ 7-year 50m breaststroke (53.50) and 50m butterfly (49.94); Joan Perlas in the girls’ 6-under 50m breaststroke (1:25.18) and 50m butterfly (1:12.51); Raehanna Gargullo in the girls’ 7-year 50m breaststroke (1:00.19) and 50m butterfly (48.81); Dave Angeleo Tiquia in the boys’ 13-year 50m butterfly (33.59) and 200m IM (2:31.42); Lyndon Herrera in the boys’ 15-over 50m butterfly (26.88) and 200m IM (2:18.78); Andrea Pacheco in the girls’ 15-over 50m butterfly (32.81) and 200m IM (2:54.72); and Kyla Soguilon in the girls’ 11-year 50m butterfly (31.81, new record) and 200m IM (2:52.29).

The other opening day gold winners were Aarone Zulueta, Julian Belmonte, Ysabelle Marga Mendroz, Julienne Napa, Edd Vinzen Sanque, Penelope Rago, Vivien Hererra, Jennuel De Leon, Bernice Villa Del Rey and Sophia Joy Dilay.

‘We would like to thank the Raging Paddlers of Mindoro headed by Mr. Randy Malapitan for allowing us to hold our National Series here in Mindoro. We believe that this region has a lot of promising swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees.

PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).

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