Makati Dolphin Swim Team’s Estelle Margaret Mendez led the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in the 93rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – 2nd Mayor Romulo “Kid” Pena Swim Meet held at the Makati Aquatic Sports Arena in Makati City.
Mendez garnered 40 points to pocket the girls’ 7-year top honors in the competition supported by The Manila Times.
Also bagging MOS awards were Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge-bound Ferdinand Ian Trinidad of Capitol Swim Club-Laguna (boys’ 14-year), record-breaker Eirik Judel Rivera of Aquaspeed Sailfish (boys’ 10-year) and Sean Elijah Enero of Cavite Sailfish (boys’15-over).
“It has been four years since I have been involve in swimming and what I observed for the past years is that swimmers today are really hitting better times and breaking record not only PSL records but also Philippine national records and records in the international meet,” said PSL Regional Director Joan Mojdeh.
The other MOS winners were Althea Roxas (6-under), Hanna Sales (8), Tom Aubrey (9), Allyza Palermo and Euleah Balili (10), Julliana Cabrera (11), Kyla Managuelod (12), Charize Esmero (13), Juliana Lirio (14) and Priscila Aquino (15-over) in girls; and Kyle Dexter Gruta (6-under), Justin Badion (7), Mateo Ileto (8), Lee Grant Cabral (9), Jed Pilar (11), Charles Emmanuel Ticbaen (12) and Gian Karlo De Guzman (13) in boys.
“We would like to send our sincerest gratitude also to Mayor Kid Peña for hosting this meet in cooperation also with Mr. Marlon Mendez. Makati Aquatic Sports Arena is a very nice venue for a long course swim meet,” added Mojdeh.
Cavite Sailfish bagged the overall title with 780.5 points followed by Diliman Preparatory School with 490 points and MCU3R Aquaspeed Sailfish with 384 points.
“I would also like to thank the volunteer parents and coaches who have work together for this meet to run smoothly of course with the guidance of our President Susan Papa who is now in Australia preparing for the coming of the PSL team on Wednesday,” Mojdeh said.
PSL shifts its sights on the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge scheduled on March 26 to 30 in Perth, Australia with 17 tankers donning the national colors.
“And this is just overwhelming. It means that monthly competitions and exposure to international meets which is part of the PSL grassroots program is proven to really work. We are thankful to PSL that they have been helping a lot of swimmers and have really democratize swimming in our country,” stressed Mojdeh.
“That is why our young swimmers today are getting faster and more competitive. I encourage everybody to trust and support the PSL program. It will really teach our younger generation to not only be better athletes but better person,” she ended. EMIL C. NOGUERA