Veteran international campaigners Kyla Soguilon and Michael Gabriel Lozada broke two records each on the opening day of the 84th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – Gov. Florencio Miraflores Swimming Championship being held at the Aklan Provincial Sports Complex in Makato, Aklan.
Soguilon, a Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School standout, dominated the girls’ 10 years 50-meter butterfly in 34.09 seconds, breaking the old mark of 34.21 in the tournament organized by the Aklan Swimming Team and the local government of Aklan.
The reigning PSL Female Swimmer of the Year and Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year continued to make waves in the 50m backstroke after checking in at 35.43 seconds, smashing the 36.15 previous record.
For his part, Lozada had an impressive comeback by bagging the boys’ 8 years 200m Individual Medley gold medal in record-breaking feat of 3:05.59, way better than the 3:25.13 old mark in the event supported by The Manila Times.
He also notched new mark in the 50m backstroke as he submitted 39.56 seconds, erasing the 41.33 old time.
“We’re happy seeing these kids break records. There are lots of good swimmers from this region and we’re hoping that these talented swimmers will be giving proper guidance and exposure to become one of the country’s best in the near future,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“This is the reason why we keep on coming back in provinces like Kalibo. We want to make sure that they’re on track with proper training and we’re happy that the provincial government of Aklan is helping us in our endeavor,” she added.
Also winning gold medals were Heather White (girls’ 8 years 50m butterfly), Joe Mari Borres (boys’ 6-under 50m butterfly), Robby Loy (boys’ 8 years 50m butterfly), Jennuel Booh De Leon (boys’ years 10 50m butterfly), Lucio Cuyong 2nd (boys’ 12 years 200m IM), Ronald Kent Sta. Ana (boys’ 13 years 200m IM), Franchino Aplaon (boys’ 14 years 200m IM), Atilla Pia Isabela Loy (girls’ 13 years 200m IM) and Georr Jude Briones (girls’ 13 years 200m IM Class C).
“We are giving away more than 1,000 medals this edition. We want these kids to be happy. Masaya ‘yung mga bata pag nakakatanggap ng medals lalo na yung mga baguhang swimmers,” Papa said.
The other gold medalists were Irynne Sustiger, Geor¬jeana Plenago, Erica Andrade, Junalyn Degoma, Denver Tolinero, Victor Cabrera, Louis Roldan, Christian Alo¬vera, Sanjo Perlas, Steven Marino, Jhanna Abogadie, Cyru Masangya, Vince Rivera, Ivan Lesigues, Laurenz Roldan, Regil Dan Billones, Von Delos Reyes, Drex Gallardo, Ellgine Arsenal, Jeru Masangya, Estelle Mendez, Joan Perlas and Edmundo Tolentino Jr.
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).