Susan Papa Swim Academy standout Joey Del Rosario and Heather Linasan White of British School of Manila led the list of record-breakers in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 90th National Series Inter-school/Inter-club Class B and C-Motivational Swim Meet on Sunday at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
Del Rosario made an explosive campaign in the boys’ 8-year category as he smashed records in the 100m Individual Medley (1:31.93 beating 1:32.63), 25m butterfly (17.59 erasing 18.17), 25m backstroke (19.10 blasting 20.44), 25m breaststroke (21.07 breaking 23.62) and 25m freestyle (16.32 eclipsing 17.03).
Del Rosario is coming off a successful campaign in the 2016 Tokyo Winter Swimming Championships in Japan where he won four gold medals and went on to capture the Most Outstanding Swimmer award.
Fore her part, White nailed new marks in the girls’ 8-year event. She dominated the 100m IM (1:30.00), 25m butterfly (16.87), 25m backstroke (17.36) and 25m freestyle (15.90) in record fashions.
Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge silver medalist Aalia Jaire Espejo of Ingenium School also made her presence felt by notching four records in the girls 12-year class – 100m IM (1:21.03), 50m butterfly (35.69), 50m breaststroke (41.90) and 50m freestyle (32.80).
“We’re happy seeing these kids break records in their events. Mabilis ang improvement ng mga bata kaya tinututukan namin ang mga batang ito especially sa mga strokes nila and we’re happy na naa-apply nila ito during competitions,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Winning gold medals in the opening day were Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Bryan Dula, Paula Carmela Cusing, Ferdinand Ian Trinidad, John Gabriel Bucad, Trisha Oliveros, Lowestein Julian Lazaro, Roger Dante Giron, Joanna Cervas, Philip Princillo, Joshua Santiago, Eaulash Balili, Elle Alavy-Chafi, Rodjohn Mykel Cuasay, Trump Christian Luistro, Morie Pabalan and Kyle Gruta.
The competition serves as qualifying for future international competitions including the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, Convoy Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship in Hong Kong, 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet in Singapore, and the prestigious World Summer University Games scheduled next year in Taipei, Taiwan.
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).