Occeno, Villaruz lead PSL-Iloilo Leg winners

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Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Secretariat Head Guia Llaguno and Technical Head Ed Mascardo with the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Secretariat Head Guia Llaguno and Technical Head Ed Mascardo with the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

World University Games qualifers Rose Mary Occeno and Jason Villaruz led the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awardees in the 63rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series held at the Central Philippines University (CPU) swimming pool in Iloilo City.

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Occeno bagged the girls’ 17-over MOS trophy while Villaruz copped the boys’ 17-over crown in the two-day meet, which served a qualifying event for the World University Games scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea.

Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship gold medallists Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 9-10) and Emanuel Jelankarlo Solina (boys’ 7-8) also dominated their respective age-groups.

The other MOS winners were Tricia Durado (girls’ 6-under), Narciso Maravilla (boys’ 6-under), Alexis Cabayaran (girls 7-8), Lucio Cuyong II (boys’ 9-10), Georr Briones (girls’ 11-12), John David Villaruz (boys’ 11-12), Julie Occeno (girls’ 13-14), Ezekiel Cagape (boys’ 13-14), Rowelle Agutaya (girls’ 15-16) and Jason Mirabueno (boys’ 15-16).

Besides Occeno and Villaruz, there are 12 more swimmers who qualified to the World Games. They are Erla Agutaya, Ma. Rudette Casidsid, Casy Gumabong, Chrysser Palomado, Glenda Venerable, Pia Cardinal, Myles Chi, Loren Echavez, Cynthjune Goden, Keith Ocampo, Lester Tungala and Michael Measures.

John B. Lacson Swimming Team bagged the overall title with 714 points while the CPU Golden Lions (553) and Aklan Swimming Team (428) settled for second and third, respectively.

Rounding up the Top 10 are Panaad Swim Team (357), Colegio del Sagrado (257), Capiz Turbo Shark (241), Poseidon Swim Club (149), Southland College (87), Swim and Survive (52) and Sta. Fe State Club (50).

“It was a successful edition of the PSL. We’re hoping that these kids would continue what they’ve started until they reach their goals. We’ll be here to support them in achieving their dreams,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

The PSL will be going to Legazpi City in Bicol on August 23 for the 64th Leg Series dubbed as the El Presidente Swim Sprint Meet at the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation swimming Pool.

The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to International University Sports Federation.

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