Junior Athlete of the Year Kyla Soguilon of Aklan and newcomer Aubrey Tom of Marikina continued to make waves as they bagged two more gold medals on Saturday in the 2015 Phuket International Swimming Championship being held at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Center in Thailand.
Soguilon dominated the girls’ 10 years 50-meter backstroke in 34.53 seconds, beating Jade Franetzki (41.33) and Jazz Conrad (41.38), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively. She earlier topped the Open Water 200m freestyle event with a time of 2:57.00.
“Both swimmers are well prepared. I love coaching them during the race, they’re both attentive while I’m giving instructions. Coaches Manny de Leon and Joel Villa and technical coach Ed Mascardo, who help them in their dive before leaving for Phuket did a very good job,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
For her part, Tom reigned supreme in the girls’ 8-under event 50m backstroke following her 44.75-second showing. She defeated silver medalist Honoka Yamaguchi (46.64) and bronze winner Tegan Sweeney (49.62). Tom also ruled the Open Water 100m freestyle event.
“I couldn’t believe that Aubrey is now competing in an international competition after one year with the program of PSL. This is just the beginning,” said Tom’s proud mother Shirley.
On Sunday, Soguilon guns for golds in the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley while Tom hopes to deliver in the 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle events.
“She’s [Kyla] really focused on what she’s doing and as parents, we are here to support her all the way. And we thank PSL for their continuous guidance especially in their grassroots program. We share her honor always with PSL,” stressed Vicky Soguilon, Kyla’s mom.
“I talked to both parents and told them that for us to succeed, these kids must have the right attitude and good manners. I told them that the chain reaction must follow through the parents. They must be consistently good in their character, otherwise all the hard work of the PSL President will end up nothing,” added PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
After the Phuket tournament, Soguilon will be flying to Perth, Australia along with nine other tankers to compete in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge on April 1 to 8.
Joining her are Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Drew Benett Magbag, Martin Jacob Pupos, Stephen Guzman, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Julian Pupos, Aalia Jaire Espejo and Paul Christian Cusing.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines—an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).