TOKYO: Five Philippine Swimming League (PSL) tankers bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmers (MOS) awards in their respective age groups in the 2015 Japan Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Tokyo International Swimming Pool here.
Kyla Soguilon of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School and Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines Integrated School led the list of individual awardees after sweeping all their four events in the three-day meet.
Soguilon pocketed golds in the 50-meter butterfly (32.92), 200m Individual Medley (1:16.05), 50m freestyle (30.38) and 50m backstroke (33.85) to claim the MOS trophy in the girls’ 10 years category. She was also part of the team that won the 200m medley relay and 200m freestyle relay golds.
For her part, Esmero earned the MOS award in the girls’ 12 years event after ruling the 100m backstroke (1:09.84), 200m IM (1:15.02), 200m freestyle (2:22.12) and 50m backstroke (32.23).
Joining them in the spotlight were Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (boys’ 15), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque (girls’ 9) and Rio Lorenzo Malapitan of Divine Word College-Calapan Mindoro (boys’ 11).
Zamora got golds in 200m backstroke (2:12.66) and 100m backstroke (1:01.68), silver in 200m IM (2:14.38) and bronze in 200m freestyle (2:06.87); Mojdeh secured golds in 100m breaststroke (1:32.88), 50m breaststroke (42.07) and 100m butterfly (1:18.22), and silver in 50m butterfly (35.87); and Malapitan earned golds in 50m butterfly (32.76), 50m breaststroke (37.38) and 100m breaststroke (1:22.98), and bronze in 50m freestyle (30.74).
The other members of the team were Angela Torrico (girls’ 9-10 gold in 100m backstroke, and bronzes in 200m IM and 50m backstroke), Lans Rawlin Donato (boys’ 15-18 silvers in 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, and bronze in 50m freestyle), Paul Christian King Cusing (boys’ 15-18 bronzes in 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke), Drew Benett Magbag (boys’ 15-18 silvers in 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke), Lucio Cuyong 2nd (boys’ 11-12 silvers in 50m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke), Joanna Cervas (girls’ 9-10 bronze in 100m butterfly) and Paula Carmela Cusing (girls’ 11-12 bronze in 100m butterfly).
Overall, the Philippine delegation will be going home with 19 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes in the tournament also participated by Great Britain, China, Netherlands, US and host Japan.
“I would like to commend our swimmers for a job well done. It was a fantastic campaign and we are looking forward to participate again here next year and hopefully we could bring more swimmers to experience competing against some of the world’s best junior tankers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
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).