Young tankers Marc Bryan Dula and Kyla Soguilon bagged four gold medals each all in record fashion to top the list of Most Outstanding Swimmers on the second day of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 58th Leg Series dubbed as the PSL-Magnolia Swim Meet at the Diliman Preparatory School Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Dula submitted 43.53 seconds in the boys’ 6 years 50-meter butterfly to sink the old mark of 46.35-seconds. He also topped the 50m backstroke (47.03), 50m breaststroke (57.10) and 50m freestyle (40.20), eclipsing the old records of 48.07, 1:01.19 and 42.94, in that order.
Soguilon, a gold medallist in the Cape Town Swim Meet in South Africa, ruled the girls’ 9 years 50m butterfly (37.16), 50m backstroke (40.50), 200m freestyle (2:52.59) and 50m breaststroke (43.89).
“I am happy to see a lot of swimmers continue to improve their times. We are trying to catch up of the 15-year behind of Philippine swimming. In Palarong Pambansa, we are happy to see that an 11 year-old PSL swimmer broke a 15-year-old record. That only means that nobody was able to improve in 15 years,” said Papa.
Charize Juliana Esmero also dominated the girls’ 11 years category as she reset records in winning the 200m Individual Medley, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.
“I congratulate the PSL coaches, parents and swimmers. We are helping them to cross the bridge easier and they are responding. We are going to continue to volunteer for our monthly competition,” added Papa.
The Most Outstanding Swimmers in the categories C, D and Novice were Andre Bonus (boys’ 11), Joshua Tolentina (boys’ 12), John Vargas (boys’ 13), Mier Dela Cruz (boys’ 14), Alfred Conda (boys’ 15), Zyrone Ella (boys’ 16), Chris Sobrevilla (boys’ 17-over), Kianna Saavedra (girls’ 11), Jillian Go Que (girls’ 12), Donita Narisma (girls’ 13), Abigayle Estrella (girls’ 14), Micka Bartolome (girls’ 15), Windelyn Maximo (girls’ 16), Angelica Depalog (girls’ 17-over), Gian Banas (boys’ 5-under), Joshua Camacho (boys’ 6), Carlos Arenas (boys’ 7), Sean Cuadra (boys’ 8), Dennis Dollete (boys’ 9), James Hutchings (boys’ 10), Chelsea Pastolero (girls’ 5), Hannah Salazar (girls’ 6), Denise Sedurante (girls’ 7), Pia Ubina (girls’ 8), Frances Toquilar (girls’ 9) and Allaine Bartilad (girls’ 10).
“The novice swimmers are no longer considered novice because of the time they showed in our competitions. We are trying to accelerate them for them to catch up with their counterparts in the class A and B,” said Papa.
PSL has the longest grassroots program in sport and is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.
The champion team pockets P3,000, the second P2,000 and and third P1,000, plus trophies.
The tournament serves as the penultimate tryout for the prestigious World University Games (Universiade) scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea and other international competitions including the Singapore Swimming Meet in July.