Promising tankers Gabriel Labasan and Angela Niones shared the limelight on Saturday as they won 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.
Labasan pocked gold medals 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).
Not to be outdone was Niones who 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 3rd (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).
Also topping their respective age group 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 having the longest grassroots program in sport is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines—an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.
This edition serves as a tryout to select swimmers 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 also 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 scene 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.