Mindoro’s Rio Lorenzo Malapitan joined the list of record-breakers as he set new mark in the boys’ 50-meter breaststroke on Sunday in the 85th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the All-School Swim Challenge at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
Malapitan, a gold medalist in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia, submitted 37.46 seconds, eclipsing the old record of 38.18 of Palarong Pambansa champion McTracy Alindogan in 2012.
Malapitan also claimed golds in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly then wound up second in the 100m individual medley of the tournament supported by The Manila Times and Diliman Preparatory School owned by Sen. Nikki Coseteng.
Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year Kyla Soguilon, former Rookie of the Year Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Bryan Dula and Aubrey Tom nailed new records in their respective categories.
“It only shows that our grassroots development program works. Coaches from other association just keep recruiting our swimmers that have been being recognized to be good swimmers and open them perks, which they can’t resist,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“We are happy because they are given scholarship and other perks, but also we are sad because they are now deprived to swim with PSL where they started. Because of many misrepresentation. We are watching this very carefully because we pity swimmers they victimize,” added Papa.
Winning Most Outstanding Swimmer awards in the Motivational Division were Richelle Anne Callera (6-under), Danielle Emiterio (7), French Frias (8), Beatrice Li (9), Pauliene Ellyson Clemente (10), Isabel Ingrid Galura (11), Rea Celestine Santos (12), Bianca Apostol (13), Chrystel Chan (14) and Merry Meyn Sampang (15-over) in the girls’ event; and Jasper Benigla (6-under), Neal Sebastian Dable (7), Yvez Elezar (8), Zyldjan Ace Quemada (9), Gervin See (10), John Paul Sigue (11), Carlos Miguel Valdez (12), Joel Piodo (13), Recz Edward Agustin (14) and Lance Lewis Catotocan (15-over) in the boys’ class.
The competition is a qualifying event for the 2017 Summer World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan as well as international tournaments in Phuket Invitational Swim Meet in Thailand, Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, and Hong Kong Stingrays Invitatitional Swimming Championship.
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).