Palarong Pambansa standout Peter James Hernandez led the opening day winners as he claimed three golds highlighted by his record-breaking feat in the boys’ 15 years 50-meter butterfly in the 77th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as Bicol Summer Swim Meet on Saturday at the Mariners Polytechnic Foundation swimming pool in Rawis, Legazpi City.
Representing Swim Titans Club, Hernandez submitted 26.35 seconds to erase the old 50m butterfly mark of 27.37 of Emanuel Joshua Lorbes.
Hernandez also topped the 50m backstroke with a time of 29.25 seconds and 50m freestyle in 25.40 seconds.
“The venue of the competition right in the front view of majestic Mayon volcano is an inspiring breathtaking competition for the young swimmers. I would like to thank our Regional Director, Atty. Ma. Theresa Mahiwo for hosting the swimming event in cooperation with Mariners Polytechnic Foundation President Commodore Dante Jimenez, who allowed the free use of the pool,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Singapore Swimming Championship veteran Isis Arnaldo of Ibalong Magayon Swim Team joined the fray of new record holders by clocking 41.35 second in the girls’ 10 years 50m breaststroke, breaking the old mark of 42.18 of Bela Louise Magtibay.
Another Palarong Pambansa veteran Trisha Oliveros, an incoming freshman at University of the Philippines-Diliman, made big splash by dominating the girls’ 15-over 50m butterfly (33.23 seconds), 50m backstroke (33.78), 50m breastroke (40.59) and 50m freestyle (29.85).
“I am happy to see many swimmers, coaches, parents around. PSL started few years ago with only two teams here in Bicol, amazingly there are now 10 teams among fellow Bicolanos,” Papa added.
Papa also introduced swimmers from Bicol – Jan Vincent Llaguno and Ariane Alcantara—who will represent the country in the 2015 World Universiade Games to be held in Gwangju Korea.
They are both varsity players of De LaSalle University-Dasmariñas.
“”Natutuwa po kami at kami ang kaunaunahang atleta na Bicolano na makaka-attend sa World Universiade Games. Sabi po lang ni Pres. Papa na maging mabuti kaming mamamayan ng Pilipinas,” Llaguno said.
“Many Bicolanos were qualified as college varsity students because of their continued PSL leg series attendance, they improved through PSL developmental program,” Papa ended.
The 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).