Filipino tankers reap 28 gold medals in Royal Bangkok tilt

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Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa (fourth from right, standing) with the members of the Philippine contingent to the 2013 Royal Bangkok Sports Club Invitational Swimming Championships. PHOTO BY EMIL C. NOGUERA

Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa (fourth from right, standing) with the members of the Philippine contingent to the 2013 Royal Bangkok Sports Club Invitational Swimming Championships. PHOTO BY EMIL C. NOGUERA

BANGKOK: The Philippines wrapped up its campaign with a total of 28 gold medals in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC)—Invitational Swimming Championships held at the RBSC swimming pool.

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Multi-gold medalists Sean Terrence Zamora and Claire Adorna were named Most Outstanding Swimmers in their respective divisions.

The 13-year-old Zamora bagged six individual gold medals —100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley (IM), 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke—all in record fashion in boys’ 11-12. He added one bronze in 50m breaststroke.

Adorna was also sparkling with seven individual gold medals— 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

The other outstanding swimmers are Joy Rodgers (gold in 100m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke, silver in 50m freestyle, and bronze in 100m backstroke/girls’ 15-Over), Emmanuel Joshua Lorbes (gold in 100m butterfly, silver in 100m freestyle and bronze in 50m butterfly/boys’ 15-Over), Jifrey Azor (gold in 100m backstroke/boys’ 15-Over), Yuri Ilustre (gold in 100m breaststroke and 200m IM), Angela Villamil (gold in 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, silver in 100m butterfly, 100m back, and bronze in 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke/ girls’ 13-14), Charles Ticbaen (gold in 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, and silver in 100m backstroke/boys’ 9 years old), McTracy Alindogan (silver in 100m freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, and bronze in 100m breaststroke/boys’ 11-12), Lans Donato (silver in 100m butterfly, 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, and bronze in 100 freestyle/ boys’ 13-14), Michael Lozada (silver in 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, and bronze in 50m freestyle/ boys’ 6-Under) and Jackielyn Calvadores (bronze in 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle/girls’ 15-Over).

Also winning medals in their respective individual events are Nathan Cheng (silver in 50m backstroke), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (bronze in 50m backstroke), Vaugh Aquino (bronze in 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke) and Sophia Villamil (silver in 50m freestyle and bronze in 50m butterfly).

The team events gold medals were from girls’ 8-Under 200m medley relay, girls’ 15-Over 200m medley relay, boys’ 15-Over 200m medley relay, girls’ 8-under 200m freestyle relay, boys’ 13-14 200m freestyle relay and girls’ 15-Over 200m freestyle relay, boys’ 11-12 200m freestyle relay, and two silvers in boys’ 13-14 200 medley relay and boys’ 15-Over 200m freestyle relay. The lone bronze in team event was in girls’ 11-12 200m freestyle relay.

The Philippine delegation was supported by the Philippine Airlines and the Philippine Swimming League.

“These are the future of Philippine swimming and we are overwhelmed with the results we got here. It’s a good training ground for our young swimmers and we’re looking forward to see them improve their crafts and continue giving honor to our country in the near future,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

The PSL chief hailed the fighting spirit shown by the seven-year-old Mojdeh who was hospitalized for a day due to food poisoning but still insisted of continuing her national duties.

“Before the [Day Two) competition proper, she listened to the theme song of [the movie]Rocky and got inspiration from that song. She got up and told the team that she will swim for the team and for the Philippines,” she narrated.

Mojdeh’s effort was not wasted though as she and teammates Jaz Villanueva, Sophia Villamil and Kyla Soguilon, won gold medals in the 8-under 200m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay.

“Her passion is just awesome. This kid is a fighter and this is a good sign that we have a bright future in swimming,” added Papa.

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