Promising tankers Rafael Lentejas 3rd and Althea Faye Golimlim outclassed their respective foes to bag the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awards in the motivational category of the 71st Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as Pamaskong Handog held at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.
Lentejas, a SJB Butterfly of Novaliches tanker, topped the boys’ 6-under with a total score of 50 points while Golimlim of McUr3 Aquaspeed Sailfish ruled the girls’ 6-under event.
“These swimmers will be our future A and B swimmers in two to three months time, this is how fast the transition period, the result of our monthly competition. Also we are motivating them in so many ways by giving out more medals and trophies in different levels,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Joining them in the limelight were MOS in the girls’ class —Alea Faye Tence (7), Jezrhylle Marie Novela (8), Lea Vianca Jane De Jesus (9), Arriane Claire Dogma (10), Mary Kershey France Ferrer (11), Arys Manalansan (12), Graciela Antoni Mari Lavigan (13), Angeline Tuddao (14), Anadel Precious Tomacder (15), Alyssa Alano (17) and Mara Gia Hilado (18-over).
The other MOS winners in the boys’ division were Czesk Emeril Valdez (7), Alexander Mendoza (8), Andrew Tejada (9), Sean Justin Catotocan (10), Jeremy Russel Ting (11), Christopher Llorente (12), Kyle Benedict Chan (13), Adonis Diccion (14), Shawn Hendrix Telebrico (15), Miguel Ramos (16), Jhudge Salaya (17) and Jyrens Jev Juane (18-over).
“This is what i am talking about and this is something which the Philippine Sports Commission doesn’t have. A program that concentrates on young athletes. Grassroots. I hope the PSC is seeing this developmental process. Life is just so simple, why make it hard for these young swimmers,” stressed Papa.
More than 500 swimmers from all over the country have participated in the two-day Leg Series. The PSL continues its program next year with the staging of competitions in Luzon and Visayas. The PSL has also international tournaments lineup next year.
The PSL is the National University Sports Association for Colleges and Universities accredited to Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines (Fessap) and internationally affiliated to Federation International Sports University (FISU).