Junior Athlete of the Year Kyla Soguilon and Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout Marc Bryan Dula showed prowess in their respective age groups as they broke records on Saturday in the 74th PSL-Diliman Preparatory School Leg Series dubbed as the 2015 Capiztahan Swim Meet and Open Water Competition at the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City.
Fresh from successful campaigns in Thailand and Australia, Soguilon continued her dominating performance in the local scene as she submitted 31.25 seconds in the girls’ 10 years 50-meter freestyle, erasing the five-year-old mark of 31.37 of Paula Cayanan in 2010.
Soguilon bagged seven golds in the 2015 Phuket Swimming Championship in Thanyapura and nine golds in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge in Perth. She was also named as the Most Outstanding Swimmer in both tournaments.
“We’re happy seeing these kids break records in their events. It only proved that our grassroots development program works. We will continue this program not only here in Capiz but in different provinces as well,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Dula also stole some spotlight as he registered 37.10 seconds in the boys’ 8 years 50m butterfly to smash the 37.18 old mark of Iñaki Lorbes on November 27, 2010.
Dula also broke the 50m Individual Medley with a time of 35.35, better than the 35.90-second mark of Charles Ticbaen in 2012.
”Soguilon has been consistent be as it may in International, National and Regional meet, she is the real spectacular swimmer while Dula was handled by his father coach Marlon very well and breaks record that are more than four years old,” added Papa.
Other gold medal winners were Wilse Jude Azarcon (9), Alic Deniel de la Cruz (15), Jason Mirabueno (16), Joan Perlas (5), Yrene Mae Sustiguer (7), Joemarie Borres (6), Jennuel booh de leon (9), Lyssa Marie Enero (11), Riandrea Chico (13), Johann Christian Abogadie (11), Mark Daniel Majarucon (13), Atilla Pia Loy (12), Lucio Cuyong II (11), Dickson Tolinero (14), Julyiana Calibjo (8), Danica Alba (11), Rencel Uytoco (14), John Lloyd Yatar (11), James Michael Young (14), Sidley Rose Malumay (11), Carl Wilfred Adones (12) and Jopearlson Ituriaga (13).
The second day of the competition supported by Capiz Provincial Government headed by Governor Victor Tanco, One Capiz Foundation, Las Islas Travel and Tours and Capiz Turbo Sharks Swim Club headed by Jose Borres, will be held at the Baybay beach.
The two-day meet serves as qualifying for international competitions in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, China, India and Thailand.
After the Capiz Leg, the PSL Leg Series goes to Kalibo, Aklan on April 18 for the short course event and Boracay Island on April 19 for the Open Water competition.
The 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).