Philippine Swimming League (PSL) tanker Drew Magbag of University of the Philippines bagged two gold medals in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 juniors swimming competitions.\
Magbag, a multi-gold medalist in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, clocked 31.57 seconds to dominate the boys’ 50-meter breaststroke, beating Ateneo’s Joshua Talleon (32.02) and Sebastian Francisco (32:07).
The 16-year-old Magbag continued his impressive showing in the 100m breaststroke as he checked in at 1:08.88 to claim his second gold. Talleon settled for second (1:09. 83) and De La Salle-Zobel’s Yuri Ilustre, a PSL campaigner in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet, wound up third (1:11.17).
Magbag will be leading the PSL swimming team in the 2015 Tokyo Swimming Championship in Japan in November. He is qualified to the 2017 World University Games – a competition for best college student-athletes and Olympians in the world from more than 190 countries.
“I am happy to see PSL grassroots swimmers winning and many are inspired to swim in the Universiade and swim with the best swimmers in the World. We want to make clear that it is open to all schools, to all college students,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“We hope the good once will go beyond the local competitions. Without competing during the tryout they will not make it no matter how good they are,” she added.
University of the East’s Jerard Jacinto also claimed a gold medal in the boys’ 100m backstroke via a 1:02.39 showing. He also won a silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle.
“The good swimmers must go beyond the local meet and must not be afraid competing with the best in the world, their thinking must transform as they missing a life time experience. Swimmers must get over with the restrictions and prohibitions that their coaches are applying to them,” Papa stressed.
The other PSL tankers who won medals were 2015 Gwangju Uni¬versiade veteran Jux Keaton Solita (bronze in 400m free), Charize Esmero (silver in 200 back), Sean Terence Zamora (bronze in 200m back), Lans Donato (bronze in 100m fly), Carmenrose Mata-buena (silvers in 100m and 200m free), Mae Rodgers (bronze in 50m breast) and Mary Christine Laurente (bronze 100m breast).