Philippine junior record holder Jerard Jacinto of University of the East and Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy dominated their respective favorite events in the 95th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – 9th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championships held at the Diliman College Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
The 15-year-old Jacinto registered two minutes and 10.45 seconds to claim the boys’ 15-over 200m backstroke gold medal, beating the 22-year-old Gian Daniel Berino (2:12.13) and Diliman Preparatory School’s Paul Christian King Cusing (2:21.48), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
Dula, who bagged three consecutive Most Outstanding Swimmer awards in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, grabbed some spotlight as he ruled the boys’ 9-year 100m backstroke in 1:25.06 to outclass silver medalist Joaquin Mirasol (1:37.19) and bronze winner Sean Gonzales (1:51.19).
Also earning gold medals in Class A-C were Charize Juliana Esmero, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Sean Terence Zamora, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marcus Faytaren, Ian Ferdinand Trinidad, Aalia Jaire Espejo, Charles Emmanuel Ticbaen, Gregg Marasigan and Chelsea Pastrolero.
Carlos Valdez (boys’ 12-year 200m backstroke), Louisse Ballesteros (girls’ 8-year 100m backstroke), Jaden Valin (boys’ 9-year 100m backstroke and Jenn Sermonia (girls’ 7-year 50m backstroke, meanwhile, led the winners in the Motivational Class.
The other gold medallists were Jasper Benigla, Marielle Rima, Samantha Gualdad, Amytha Abarintos, Tyrone Somera, Samuel Villarin, Zichriel Lapena, Agnes Patanao, Mary Cahiles, Abbhy Ilagan, Andrew Montiadora, Crisha Dimapilis, Arthur Bondoc, Hannah, Medina, Pierre Lopez, Rafael Ching, Jedediah Lorenzo, Yna Balagot, Vince Casil, Bridelyn Gandol, Jazmine Mirasol, Christian Bautista, Marius Orosa, Marcus Ama and Maximus Ama.
“We are also focusing on these motivational swimmers because these are the future international campaigners. They need proper exposure to prepare them for big competitions abroad,” said President Susan Papa.
The tournament serves as qualifying for the 2017 Summer World University Games to be held in New Taipei City, Taiwan as well as the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship, Singapore SCC National Midget Meet, Tokyo Fall Classic Invitational Swimming Championship in Japan and Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship in Thailand.
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).