Bicol standouts Trisha Oliveros and Trump Christian Luistro bagged three gold medals each to lead the open-ing day winners in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 100th National Series – 4th El Presidente – Commodore Jimenez Swim Cup on Saturday at the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Swimming Pool in Legazpi City.
Oliveros dominated the girls’ 15-over 100m freestyle (1:12.43), 100m backstroke (1:25.34) and 200m freestyle (2:37.38) while Luistro ruled the boys’ 8-year 50m freestyle (41.89), 100m backstroke (48.93) and 50m breaststroke (53.13).
Winning two gold medals were Diliman Preparatory School tankers Paula Carmela Cusing in girls’ 13-year 100m freestyle (1:10.51) and 100m backstroke (1:23.08); Paul Christian King Cusing in boys’ 15-over 100m backstroke (1:04.22) and 100m breaststroke (1:14.50); Lee Grant Cabral in boys’ 10-year 50m freestyle (33.70) and 100m backstroke (40.22); Ehm Alavy-Chafi in girls’ 8-year 50m freestyle (40.81) and 100m backstroke (49.91).
Also with two golds were Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 10-year 50m freestyle, 32.00, and 100m backstroke, 37.00), Behrouz Mojdeh (boys’ 6-under 50m freestyle, 1:42.89, and 50m breaststroke, 1:39.53), Isis Arnaldo (girls’ 11-year 100m freestyle, 1:14.50, and 100m backstroke, 1:24.50), Zyrilyn Anonuevo (girls’ 12-year 100m freestyle, 1:13.31, and 100m backstroke, 1:26.21), Estelle Margaret Mendez (girls’ 7-year 50m freestyle, 39.69, and 100m backstroke, 50.01) and Aubrey Tom (girls’ 9-year 50m freestyle, 32.85, and 100m backstroke, 39.40).
The other gold medalists were Stanly Copas (boys’ 7-year 50m freetyle and 100m backstroke),
Timothy Orap (boys’ 9-year 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke), Carl Jude Tence (boys’ 13-year 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke), Jericho Pasano (boys’ 14-year 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke), Gian Nicole Nunez (girls’ 14-year 100m freestyle), Hannah Santorio (girls’14-year 100m backstroke), Albert Sermonia 2nd (boys’ 11-year 100m backstroke), Brian Sabordo (boys’ 12-year 100m backstroke), Brian Patrick Penetrante (boys’ 12-year 100m freestyle) and James Peter Hernandez (boys’ 15-over 100m freestyle).
Luis Joaquin Ventura shared the spotlight by breaking the boys’ 11-year 100m freestyle record in 1:09.56, a few seconds better than his 1:11.22 previous mark.
“Every year is an exciting time since I celebrate my birthday here in Legazpi being my PSL second home. I can see the development program in this region successfully improving each time. In line with Ibalong Festival, this competition is not just competing but also a festive moment as well for PSL swimmers as they look forward for the further moments of educational learning while touring the beautiful Legazpi,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
PSL expressed gratitude to Arlon Rances, Dr. Sofia Jimenez, Mayor Noel Rosal, Commodore Dante Jimenez, PSL Region 5 Director Atty. Ma. Teresa Arao- Mahiwo and Councilor Al Bariso for supporting the competition.
“Atty. Mahiwo put together the Bicolanos to enhance PSL’s grassroots development program in this region. We are hoping for another swimming competition soon before the year ends,” added Papa.