Cavite Sailfish Swimming Club garnered 830 points to bag the overall title in the 62nd Leg Series Philippine Swimming League-Magnolia Motivational Swimming Meet held at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Fleet Marine Swim Club settled for the runner-up honors with 375 points while Quezon Killer Whales took the third place trophy with 352 points. Cavite pocketed the P3,000 top purse and Fleet Marine and Quezon got P2,000 and P1,000, respectively.
Mabalacat Flying Barracuda wound up fourth followed by Pasay Flippers, University of the Philippines Integrated School, Zambales, Bobstrokers, Camp Aguinaldo Streamline and Whimbrel Swim Club.
“This is the outcome of our sacrifices in putting up together this motivational competition for the new swimmers coming in. We see them motivated, inspired coming from the Learn To Swim and the Level C swimmers that are not winning in the past are now showing their potentials,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The Motivational Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awardees in the girls’ division were Chelsea Pastolero (5-under), Hanna Sales (6), Enya Mercurio (7), Danae Sarmiento (8), Tricia Princillo (9), Allyssa Teh (10), Paula Cusing (11), Malayalikha Barrios (12), Patricia Aguilar (13), Aubrey Ybanes (14), Sophia Castillo (15) and Ina Pelongco (16).
The MOS in the boys’ category were Anotnio Bautista (5-under), Morie Pabalan (6), Carlos Arenas (7), Marshall Villacruzes (8), Luis Ventura (9), Rizalino Cortez III (10), Gregg Marasigan (11), Jerard Tubalado (12), John Angelo Vargas (13), Riley Cruz (14), Leonard Licudo (15), Excel Alcagno (16) and Marc Siya (17-over).
“We told the new swimmers that staying with the PSL program, we have produced junior national record holders in a matter of four years from the learn to swim. Records that were set by swimmers from the Philippine Swimming Incorporated 14 to 16 years ago were broken by our PSL swimmers, who were not even born yet when it was established. I am very proud of the coaches and swimmers that are training in double time to achieve that,” added Papa.
The Novice winners were Pia Dela Cruz, Sam Leal, Zuleikarich Monars, Franz Lagumen, Mika Velez, John Pyles, Mika Villarasa, Prince Angeles, Mika Tarlit, John Bencito, Norielle Catalan, Tristan Lademora, Samantha Ylagan, Francis Bautista, Jayani Balutan, Daniel Vicho, Kyla Pitel, Recs Agustin, Karen Tizon, Marvin Galimao, Kate Dimapilis, Aaron Cadelina, Patricia Dela Cruz and Peli Galimao.
“The PSL grassroot developmental truly works, and this is such an achievement from the PSL president,” said coach Virgilio de Luna.