Record-breakers Aalia Jaire Espejo of Ingenium School Marikina and Ferdinand Ian Trin-idad of Pedro Guevara Memorial National High School headlined the list of Most Out-standing Swimmer (MOS) awards in Class A-B of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 90th National Series Inter-school/Inter-club Class B and C-Motivational Swim Meet held at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
Espejo bagged four gold and one bronze medals, good enough to win the MOS trophy in the girls’ 12-year category of the competition supported by The Manila Times.
The Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge silver medalist notched gold medals in record fash-ion in the 100m IM (1:21.03), 50m butterfly (35.69), 50m breaststroke (41.90) and 50m freestyle (32.80) before settling for third in the 50m backstroke (38.90).
Trinidad, a medalist in the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship last year, claimed five gold medals including his record-breaking feat in the boys’ 14-year 100m Individual Medley when he submitted 1:07.14 to erase the 1:07.70 old mark.
He also topped the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.
Besides Espejo, the MOS awardees were Heather Linasa White of British School of Ma-nila (Class A girls’ 8) and Paula Carmela Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School (Class A girls’ 12) as well as Anne Raine Callera (6-under), Estelle Margaret Mendez (girls’ 7), Mia Barreto (girls’ 8), Janna Kim Endozo (girls’ 9), Joanna Cervas (girls’ 10), Mara Leandra Cruz (girls’ 11), Nicole Agcaracar (girls’ 13), Malayalikha Barrios (girls’ 14) and Trisha Oliveros (girls’ 15-over).
The MOS winners in the boys’ class were Marc Bryan Dula ng Weisenheimer Academy (Class A 9-year) and John Gabriel Bucad of Bobstrokers Swim Team (Class A 11-year) along with Samuel Josiah Leal (6-under), Trump Christian Luistro (7), Joey Del Rosario (8), Rodjohn Mykel Cuasay (9), Sebastian Luke Catotocan (10), Mark Joseph Viernes (11), McKiro Agbanlog (12), Lowenstein Julian Lazaro (13), Luis Miguel Bagus 14) and Miguel Cancio (15-over).
“These kids are the future of Philippine swimming. We want to focus on developing these young swimmers as we saw a lot of potential gold medalists in the future. As much as possible, we want to expose them in international competitions to future hone their skills and learn techniques in international level,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The competition served 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).