Southridge School’s Luis Marco Mendoza bagged three golds to lead the opening day winners in the Philippine Swimming League-Magnolia Novice Swim Meet at the Fleet Marines Naval Swimming Pool in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Mendoza made an immediate impact as he dominated the boys’ 50-meter butterfly, 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle of the tournament organized by the PSL in cooperation with Fleet Marines team manager Arlene Palces.
“We are happy to organize this competition considering how hard to guide new swimmers. We need a lot of patience since we really wanted to develop swimmers in grassroots level. But all these hard work will be paid off as soon as you see their progress, how they improve every month,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Other medal winners are Franchesca Borlain, Clide Estrella, Nicole Camacho, Angela Barcelona, Luisa Barcelona, Kyla Laguna, Marissa Dancel, Marica Causaren, Andre Bonus, Carlos Arenas, Mark Chuca, Roniel David, Eunice Mercado, Ella Mercado, Daniel Mercado, Alfred Conda, Ceazar Pineda, Marie Ugaban, Joey del Rosario, Mon–chito Callanta, Recz Agustin, Nicole Ramos, Rizay Ruz, Jana Laurian and Faye Vital.
“We will continue this program to encourage these new swimmers. These groups of swimmers are amazing. They are volunteers and not supported by the government, yet they keep this program for our young children to be disciplined,” said Palces for her part.
More than 250 swimmers from National Capital Region are participating in the tournament that aims to discover fresh talents for future international competitions.
The youngest swimmer is the three-year-old Kyla Bate from Blue Waves Splashers swimming team.
The champion team will receive P3,000 while the second and third get P2,000 and P1,000, respectively.
PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.