SINGAPORE: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team amassed 45 gold medals in the first two days of the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championships, further bolstering its chances of defending the title in the tournament.
The Filipino swimmers claimed 20 more golds on Sunday at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) pool to add to the 25 they won on Saturday.
Francesca Joves added a new meet record to her gold in the girls’ 13-14 100-meter backstroke. Her 1:12.19 time erased the 1:12.44 mark that Chua Yi Ying May of Singapore set in 2012.
University of the Philippines’ Delia Angela Cordero had the biggest gold haul for the day, winning the100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle in the girls’ 18-over.
Four other Filipinos snared two golds each in their events.
Jesreel Francisco won the girls’ 11-12 100m back and 50m free, Sean Terence Zamora the boys’ 13-14 100m back and 50m free, Angelica Medrano the girls’ 15-17 100m back and 50m free and Christen Mercado the boys’ 18-over 100m back and 50m free.
Also striking gold were Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 9-10 50m free), Michael Lozada (boys’ 7-8 100m back), Ma. Angela Paula Villamil (girls’ 13-14 50m free) and Emmanuel Solina (boys’ 7-8 50m free).
The other golds were contributed by the 200m free relay team of Soguilon, Sophia Villamil, Jaz Villanueva and Marie Borres (girls’ 9-10); Francisco, Trisha Lei Bongco, Felice Alexis Reyes and Sidley Malumay (girls’ 11-12); and Paula Angela, Joves, Bela Magtibay and Georr Briones (girls’ 13-14).
The PSL team also grabbed 13 silvers and eight bronzes. The silver medalists were Soguilon, Joves, Angela Paula, Marc Bryan Dula, Daryl Concepcion, Lans Donato, Patrick Tierie, Alic Dela Cruz, Jasmine Mojdeh (2), Denjylie Cordero (2) and the boys’ 9-10 200m free relay team of John Gabriel Bucad, Wilse Azarcon, Paul Ramirez and Justin Palomo.
The bronzes were from Magtibay, Dela Cruz, Solina, Gianna Data, Celine Delotavo, Dennice Cordero (2) and the boys’ 11-12 200m free relay squad of Regil Dan Billones, JC Bandejas, Jordan Lobos and Jesse Anulao.
Aside from the 45 golds, the team has pocketed 37 silvers and 24 bronzes. More Filipinos were scheduled to swim on Sunday.
”We are aiming to surpass our medal output last year here and we’re optimistic that we could achieve it,” said Susan Papa, referring to the PSL’s 50-gold, 42-silver, 30-bronze performance last year when the Philippines bagged the overall championships. “We’re on track for claiming the overall title again. It’s a huge accomplishment for all of us, the swimmers, parents and coaches who are all here to support our team,” Papa added.
The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate of International University Sports Federation.