Rose Mary Occeno of John B. Lacson Maritime School and Nicholas Michael Measures of Central Philippines University (CPU) made their presence felt on the opening day of the 63rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series being held at the CPU swimming pool in Iloilo City.
The 17-year-old Occeno ruled the girls’ 17-over 200-meter Individual Medley, 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke while Measures dominated the boys’ 17-over 50m breaststroke in 33.37 seconds—reaching the quadruple AAAA standards.
According to PSL President Susan Papa, Occeno and Measures both qualify to the World University Games scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea.
The other qualifiers from the Visayas region were Jason Villaruz of Colegio del Sagrado, Erla Agutaya of CPU, Ma. Rudette Casidsid, Casy Gumabong, Chrysser Palomado and Glenda Venerable of JB Lacson; and Pia Cardinal, Myles Chi, Loren Echavez, Cynthjune Goden, Keith Ocampo and Lester Tungala of University of San Carlos.
“These are the lucky swimmers who will be given a chance to represent our country and experience a world-class competition. They will be competing against the world’s best student-athletes,” said Papa.
Leading the winners in the age-group category were Lucio Cuyong II, Kyla Soguilon and Emanuel Jelankarlo Solina. Cuyong topped the boys’ 9-10 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 200m IM while Soguilon reigned supreme in the girls’ 10-under 200m IM and 50m backstroke. Solina pocketed the boys’ 7-8 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke gold medals.
The other gold medalists in the first day of action were Ezekiel Cagape (boys’ 13-14 50m backstroke), Jason Adrian Mirabueno (boys’ 15-16 50m backstroke), Narciso Maravilla (boys’ 6-under 50m breast), Samantha Lachica (girls’ 6-under 50m back), Alexi Cabayaran (girls 7-8 5om back), Andrew Chu (boys’ 6-under 50m back), Georr Briones (girls’ 11-12 50m back), Alic dela Cruz (girls’ 13-14 50m back), Rowelle Agutaya (girls’ 15-16 50m back), John Villaruz (boys’ 11-12 50m back), Ezra Marie Cagape (girls’ 11-12 50m breast), Julie Occeno (girls’ 13-14 50m breast), Jaymee Bungcasan (girls’ 15-16 50m breast), Marc Jara (boys’ 11-12 50m breast), Allgine Arsenal (boys’ 13-14 50m breast) and Christian Jaboneta (boys’ 15-16 50m breast).
The competitions resume today with more than 100 more gold medals to be disputed.
“Besides the Universiade qualifiers, we’re also looking for young talented swimmers for our international competitions in Bangkok, Thailand as well as in China and Australia. We want to give them proper exposures because this is one way to improve their crafts,” added Papa.
The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to International University Sports Federation.