BORACAY: Promising tankers Ferdinand Ian Trinidad of Laguna and Alic Deniel Dela Cruz of Capiz were named Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awardees in their respective age groups at the close of the 75th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Championship dubbed as the Cong. Ted Haresco Jr. Swim Cup on Monday.
Trinidad copped six gold medals – 200m Individual Medley, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and open water – in the boys’ 13 years event while Dela Cruz also swept all her six events – 200m Individual Medley, 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and open water – in the girls’ 15 years category.
Sharing the spotlight were Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora (boys’ 14 years) and Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 10 years), who both earned five gold medals in the event hosted by the Aklan Swimming Team headed by its President Kokoy Soguilon and supported by Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter led by Nieva Mendoza and Elena Brugger.
“We will continue our grassroots development program in other parts of the country to discover more talents. We have a lot of good swimmers all over the country, they just need venue like this kind of competition to prove themselves,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The other MOS in the girls’ class were Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (8 years), Chelsea Denise Pastolero (6-under), Nicole Camacho (7 years), Joana Amor Cervas (9 years), Sidley Rose Malumay (11 years), Tricia Mae Capistrano (12 years), Juliana Louise Lirio (13 years), Rencel Grace Uytoco (14 years), Laira Faye Enero (16 years) and Rose Mary Occeno (17-over).
Also winning MOS trophies in the boys’ category were Marc Bryan Dula (8 years), Joemarie Borres (6-under), Rafael Lentejas 3rd (7 years), Jennuel De Leon (9 years), Stephen Guzman (10 years), Lucio Cuyong 2nd (11 years), Gregg Alexander Marasigan (12 years), Kobe Soguilon (15 years), Sean Elijah Enero (16 years) and Casy Gumabong (17-over).
The Cavite Sailfish Swim Club headed by Edwin Valdez grabbed the overall team title with 893 points while last year’s champion Aklan Swimming Team of Manny De Leon settled for second with 813 points.
John B. Lacson Swim Team of Ronald Sta. Ana took the third spot with 614.
Rounding up the Top 10 were No. 4 Whimbrel (343) followed by Capiz Turbo Sharks (339), Poseidon Swim Club (296), Red Cross-Malay (202), Blue Waves Splasher (195), Ormoc Kingfishers (140) and Fleet Marine (138).
“We would like to thank the Aklan Swimming Team, Finis Philippines, National Red Cross Malay-Aklan Chapter and the local government of Aklan for helping us in this edition. We’re looking forward to another successful competition next year here in Aklan,” added Papa.
The tournament served as qualifying for international tournaments in Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, China, Turkey and Thailand.
“Our focus shifts on preparing the selected swimmers for the Hong Kong Swimming Championship in May. That’s the next phase of our grassroots development program, we send them abroad for international competitions,” said Papa.
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).