The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) scooped seven more gold medals at the close of the 2016 International School Manila (ISM) Invitational Swimming Meet held at the ISM swimming pool in Taguig.
Gwangju Universiade veteran Jux Keaton Solita of University of Santo Tomas and Japan Invitational Swimming Championship multi-gold medalist Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) bagged two gold medals each in their respective events.
Solita ruled the boys’ 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle while Esmero dominated the girls’ 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke.
Also earning gold medals were Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge record-holder Drew Benett Magbag of UPIS (boys’ 200m breaststroke) and reigning Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of UST (boys’ 100m backstroke), and the mixed 400m medley relay of Magbag, Zamora, Esmero and Trisha Oliveros.
Besides the golds, PSL claimed a silver in the mixed 400m freestyle relay of Paul Christian King Cusing, Jewel Sermonia, Isabel Baclig and Roger Dante Lagasca Giron, and three bronzes courtesy of Cusing (boys’ 100m backstroke), Giron (boys’ 200m butterfly) and Marcus Faytaren (boys’ 400m freestyle).
“Sean, Drew and other swimmers can not swim properly because of trauma caused by the technical officials. But PSL will deal with them in proper venue. These officials have been in bad faith,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Overall, PSL took home 13 golds, three silvers and five bronzes to pocket the third place honors in the overall team championship.
The other members of the team were Na mahig Asa Mahiwo, John Andre Mendoza, Angel Tristan Pascua, Simon Troy Pascua, Kyle Wason Pua, Nigel Anthony Romey and Neve Alyssa Salgado.
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).
EMIL C. NOGUERA