SINGAPORE: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) started its bid on a high note by notching 28 gold medals including eight new records on the opening day of the 2016 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship being held at the Singapore Island Country Club.
Leading the country’s onslaught were record-breakers Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas, Aubrey Tom of International Learning Adacemy of Cainta, Gian Daniel Berino of University of the Philippines, Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen-Kalibo and Aubrey Bermejo of La Salle Academy-Iligan.
Dula bagged three gold medals highlighted by his record-breaking feat in boys’ 8-9 200m freestyle (2:51.48) and 100m butterfly (1:26.40). He also topped the 50m backstroke in 38.72.
Sharing the limelight was Zamora, who smashed a couple of records in boys’ 16-17 division, nailing 2:02.16 in 200m freestyle to erase the 2:04.52 of Filipino Martin Jacob Pupos in 2015 and another impressive 58.78-second showing in 100m butterfly, breaking the 1:00.16 old mark of Di Sheng Chin of China in 2011.
For his part, Berino registered 29.92 seconds in boys’ 18-over 50m backstroke, eclipsing the 10-year-old 30.68 mark of Chinese David Hoh the he followed it up with another gold in the 200m freestyle (2:09.63)
Joining the record-breaking spree were Soguilon in girls’ 12-13 50m backstroke (33.68), Bermejo in girls’ 12-13 200m freestyle (2:22.58) and Tom in girls’ 8-9 100m butterfly (1:21.22). Soguilon and Tom added one gold each in 100m butterfly (1:13.19) and 200m freestyle (2:39.44), respectively.
“PSL is on the right track. We have already achieved our predicted gold-medal haul but we’re still aiming for more medals. We are so blessed. We are against wrong system and we will fight against unrighteous doings,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also winning gold medals were Philippine national junior record holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto in boys’ 14-15 200m freestyle (2:07.77) and 50m backstroke (28.93); Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh in girls’ 10-11 100m butterfly (1:14.70) and 50m breaststroke (41.73); Jazmine Mirasol in girls’ 18-over 50m backstroke (47.69) and 50m breaststroke (48.46); Trump Christian Luistro in boys’ 8-9 50m breaststroke (49.79); Paul Christian King Cusing in boys’ 16-17 50m backstroke (30.28); Jose Rommel Corpuz in boys’ 12-13 50m backstroke (33.12); Charize Esmero in girls’ 14-15 50m backstroke (33.39); Master Charles Janda in boys’ 7-under 100m butterfly (1:54.29); Estelle Margaret Mendez in girls’ 7-under 100m butterfly (2:00.29); Louise Orlane Reyes in girls’ 16-17 100m butterfly (1:18.07); Shane Majimbun in girls’ 8-9 50m breaststroke (49.08); and Isis Arnaldo in girls’ 12-13 50m breaststroke (39.04).
Claiming silver medals were Joey Del Rosario (boys’ 8-9 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke), Trizia Tabamo (girls’ 8-9 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly), Nicolai Chiong (boys’ 16-17 200m freestyle at 100m butterfly), Rafael Jon Escalona (boys’ 7-under 100m butterfly), Joaquin Mirasol (boys’ 8-9 100m butterfly), Lee Grant Cabral (boys’ 10-11 100m butterfly), Gianna Millen Data (girls’ 16-17 100m butterfly and 50m breaststroke), Maria Francesca Barretto (girls’ 8-9 50m breaststroke), Roger Dante Giron (boys’ 16-17 50m breaststroke), Esmero (200m freestyle and 100m butterfly), Janda (50m backstroke), Mendez (50m backstroke) and Bermejo (100m butterfly).
The bronze medalists were Gene Heart Quiambao (girls’ 12-13 200m freestyle), Orlando Luis Reyes (boys’ 14-15 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly), Luis Inigo Ramirez (boys’ 10-11 100m butterfly), Laurence Macapagal (boys’ 12-13 100m butterfly), Isabel Baclig (girls’ 14-15 100m butterfly and 50m breaststroke), Raehanna Gargullo (girls’ 8-9 50m breaststroke), Zhakira Idulsa (girls’ 12-13 50m backstroke), Majimbun (200m freestyle), Barretto (50m backstroke), Luistro (100m butterfly), Giron (200m freestyle and 50m backstroke), Cusing (100m butterfly and 50m breaststroke) and Louise Orlane (200m freestyle and 50m backstroke).
“We welcome also the Mindanao swimmers of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez. They are all delivering and contributing medals,” added Papa.