Philippine junior record holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East smashed the boys’ 14-year 100-meter backstroke record on Sunday in the 93rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – 2nd Mayor Romulo “Kid” Pena Swim Meet at the Makati Aquatic Sports Arena in Makati City.
Jacinto had an impressive one minute and 2.92-second performance to erase the 1:04.40 old mark of Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora.
An Aquaspeed Sailfish tanker trained by Ryan Robles, Jacinto recently broke the national junior record in the same event during the Palarong Pambansa National Capital Region qualifying tournament.
He submitted 1:01.44, breaking the 1:01.83 of Michaelmars Danilla registered in the 27th Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championship held in Manila in 2003.
Also making waves was Eirik Judel Rivera, who dominated the boys’ 10-year 50m butterfly via a record-breaking feat of 31.12 seconds, almost one-second faster than his 32.28 old mark
“As we continue our grassroots program, we are extremely very happy of PSL swimmers. Jacinto is now the Philippine junior record holder in 100m backstroke while Joy Rodgers is now the Philippine record holder in 50m breaststroke,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“And we have three Philippine Sportswriters Association awardees namely Kyla Soguilon, Jasmine Mojdeh and Sean Terrence Zamora. It’s a magnificent job for our swimmers. We praise God,” added Papa.
Estelle Margaret Mendez (girls’ 7-year 50m butterfly 50.12), Ferdinand Ian Trinidad (boys’ 14-year 100m butterfly, 1:06.33), Charize Juliana Esmero (girls’ 13-year 200m IM, 2:48.97), Aubrey Tom (girls’ 9-year 50m butterfly, 35.89), Gian Daniel Berino (boys’ 15-over 200m freestyle, 2:17.43) and Joey Del Rosario (boys’ 9-year 50m butterfly, 39.31) also reigned supreme in their respective event.
The other gold medallists were Althea Roxas, Hannah Sales, Justin Badion, Kyle Gruta, Allyza Palermo, Mateo Beto, Chelsea Pastolero, Lee Grant CabralAllaine Bartilad, Alfonso Gabriel Torrico, Sean Elijah Enero, Pricila Loren Aquino, Jed Pilar, Charles Ticbaen, Gregg Marasigan, Juliana Cabrera, Gian Karlo De Guzman, Jasmine Molon, Kyla Managuelod, Neve Alyssa Salgado and Juliana Lirio.
“We would like to thank Mayor Kid Pena for once again allowing us to use the city’s facilities and to Mr. Marlon Mendez of Academy of Holistic Learning for hosting the event. We are grateful that we have these people supporting PSL’s program,” said Papa.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).