Gold medal romp for Labasan, Niones in PSL swimfest

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Gabriel Labasan and Angela Niones shared the limelight on Saturday, winning five gold medals each in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 57th Leg Series dubbed as PSL-Magnolia Swimfest at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.

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Labasan took the gold in the boys’ 8 years 200-meter Individual Medley (3:16.80), 100m butterfly (1:35.39), 50m freestyle (40.10), 100m backstroke (1:41.69), and 50m breaststroke (47.78).

Niones dominated the girls’ 9 years 200-meter Individual Medley (3:09.12), 100m butterfly (1:35.79), 50m freestyle (37.25), 100m backstroke (1:34.87), and 50m breaststroke (50.24).

“It was a fruitful day as we saw a lot of potential young swimmers who need proper training to become more competitive in the future. We’re hoping to see more in the second day of this event,” said PSL President Susan Papa, who also thanked Magnolia for its unwavering support as well as the DPS headed by former Senator Nikki Coseteng.

The other Most Outstanding Swimmers were Rafael Lentejas III (boys’ 5-under), Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 6 years), Michael Gabriel Lozada (boys’ 7 years), Philip Miguel Mendoza (boys’ 9 years) and Charles Emmanuel Ticbaen (boys’ 10 years).

Topping their groups were Aidepp Merriel De Luna (girls’5-under), Bridgette Raine Bultron (girls’ 6 years), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 7 years), Jasmine Del Moro (girls’ 8 years), and Franz Emmanuelle Joves (girls’ 10 years).

The second day will feature swimmers from 12 years to 17 years and over.

PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines – an affiliate of the Federation International Sports University.

The PSL Magnolia event serves as a tryout for the Philippine National Games and Batang Pinoy as well as in international tournaments in Hong Kong, Singapore and the prestigious 2015 World Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.

The PSL is scheduled to stage tournaments in Boracay and Kalibo in Aklan on April 26 and 27.

“We’re going everywhere to select the best swimmers in the country who will be given a chance to represent the Philippines in international scenes like the World Universiade. Competing in Universiade is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s bigger compared to any other regional competitions,” added Papa.

EMIL NOGUERA

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