• Matabuena, Jacinto cop PSL President’s Trophies

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    (From left) Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, President’s Trophy winners Carmenrose Matabuena and Jerard Dominic Jacinto, and PSL President Susan Papa. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    (From left) Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, President’s Trophy winners Carmenrose Matabuena and Jerard Dominic Jacinto, and PSL President Susan Papa. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    University of the East (UE) tankers Carmenrose Matabuena and Jerard Dominic Jacinto bagged the President’s Trophies after earning the highest FINA (International Swimming Federation) points in the 97th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series–Top 16 Swimming Championship held at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.

    Matabuena had 554-point sin winning the girls’ 16-over 200m freestyle in two minutes and 15.34 seconds in the tournament supported by The Manila Times.

    She defeated Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines (UP) Integrated School, who scored 504 points in the girls’ 13-year 100m backstroke (1:09.36), Priscila Loren Aquino of Joey Andaya Seagulls, who collected 495 points in the girls’ 16-over 200m freestyle (2:20.47) and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen Kalibo, who secured 486 points in the girls’ 11-year 50m freestyle (29.55).

    On the other hand, Jacinto got 562 points by virtue of his 59.29-second performance in the boys’ 100m backstroke, outpointing UP bets Drew Benett Magbag’s 555 points in the boys’ 16-over 100m breaststroke (1:07.66) and Gian Daniel Berino’s 545 points in the boys’ 16-over 100m backstroke (59.89), and Cavite Sailfish’ Sean Elijah Enero’s 540 points in the boys’ 16-over 50m freestyle (24.92).

    Nineteen new records were established in the 97th National Series with Soguilon, Esmero and Yuri Acidre nailing three each and Marc Bryan Dula smashing two.

    Jacinto, Magbag, Berino, Zab Eugenio, Terrence Xavier Delvo, Isis Arnaldo, Christen Mercado, Angela Claire Torrico, Aubrey Tom, Eirik Judiel Rivera and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh broke one record apiece.

    “After this competition, we will be going back to Visayas to continue our search for World University Games qualifiers. Last year in Gwangju Games, we have a lot of swimmers coming from the Visayas region,” said PSL President Susan Papa referring to the 98th PSL National Series scheduled on July 16 at the Aklan Sports Complex in Kalibo.

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