University of the Philippines (UP) standout Christen Mercado and rising star Daryl Concepcion stole the spotlight on the final day as they registered new records in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 58th Leg Series dubbed as the PSL-Magnolia Swim Meet held at the Diliman Preparatory School Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
The 17-year-old Mercado registered an impressive time of 24.77 seconds in copping the boys’ 17 years 50-meter freestyle event to surpass his old mark of 24.91 last February.
The reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines Rookie of the Year almost reached the qualifying time of 24.48 for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games scheduled in August in Nanjing, China.
Mercado, a gold medalist in the Hong Kong Stingrays Swim Meet, also had record-breaking feats in the 50m breaststroke (30.93) and 50m backstroke (28.35).
Concepcion, on the other hand, pocketed five gold medals including three records in the boys’ 12 years 50m backstroke (30.00), 200m freestyle (2:13.80) and 200m Individual Medley (2:32.77). He also won golds in the 50m freestyle (28.85) and 50m butterfly (30.13).
Martin Jacob Pupos of University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (boys’ 15 years) and Charles Chia (boys’ 8 years) also made their presence felt in the event supported by Magnolia.
Pupos copped five golds—50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke with new records in the 50m freestyle (25.80), 200m freestyle (2:03.97) and 200m IM (2:22.83) while Chia won golds in 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.
“We’re thankful to Magnolia for helping us in this endeavor. It’s one of the best editions we had after seeing huge improvements on their respective times. It only shows that these kind of monthly competitions are helping them to be more competitive,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The other Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees were Aidepp De Luna (5), Raine Bultron (6), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (7), Francesca Israel (8), Kyla Soguilon (9), Chloe Marie Fabic (10), Charize Esmero (11), Bela Louise Magtibay (12), Francesca Joves (13), Julianne Torres (14), Celyn Parco (15), Donalyn Parco (16) and Jackielyn Calvadores (17-over) in girls; and Rafael Lentejas (5), Marc Bryan Dula (6), Michael Lozada (7), Vaughn Andre Aquino (9), Jose Corpuz (10), Mervier Mirandilla (11), Paul Christian Cusing (13), Ryan Dimayuga (14), Michael Bunag (16) and Gian Berino (17-over).
The Quezon Killerwhales Swim Team headed by Virgilio de Luna took the overall championship title while the Joey Andaya Swim Team and MCUR3 Swim Team settled for second and third respectively.
Coach Ed Mascardo led the technical committee along Guia Llaguno.
Besides Papa, Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Regional Director and board member lawyer Theresa Mahiwo and PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa M.D. were also present during the awarding ceremony.