PSL bets break records in HK Stingrays tilt

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Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa congratulates Sean Terence Zamora after breaking the boys’14 years 100m backstroke record in the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa congratulates Sean Terence Zamora after breaking the boys’14 years 100m backstroke record in the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) continued its dominating performance with record-breakers Sean Terence Zamora and Charize Juliana Esmero spearheading the team’s three-gold medal romp on Day 2 of the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships being held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool.

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Zamora confirmed his arrival as the new king of the pool when topped the boys’ 14 years 100-meter backstroke via a record-breaking fashion of 1:00.91, smashing the 1:04.68 old mark of Chinese Liu Hang Feng in 2013.

He defeated Simon Lam (1:04.94) and Nicholas Lim (1:06.58), both from the host country.

“Parang ang gaan ko nung lumalangoy ako. Sulit lahat ng pagod sa training kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa PSL, sa Finis sa suportang ibinibigay sa akin at sa iba pang swimmers,” said Zamora, the reigning PSL Male Swimmer of the Year and current ambassador of Finis Philippines.

Moments later, Zamora rolled over his giant shoulders and unleashed powerful kicks to win the 100m freestyle in 55.14 and erased the 55.37 previous record also owned by Liu.

Lam placed second anew (57.03) while another Hong Kong bet Andy Pich wound up third (57.24).

“Sean Terence was in top shape and he is focused to break records in this competition. He’s determined to give glory for God and our country. We are helping these kids to achieve their dreams and we’re happy with the outcome,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

Sharing the spotlight was Palarong Pambansa veteran Chrize Juliana Esmero who dominated the girls’ 100m backstroke with her won record-breaking feat of 1:08.79, beating the 1:09.81 of Great Britain’s Lauren Richter.

Hong Kong tankers Isabella Faiola (1:12.31) and Jade Saunders (1:13.64), were the silver and bronze medalists, in that order.

“Mas masarap yung feeling na manalo ng gold at makabreak ng record sa international level. Nadagdagan pa yung inspiration namin when coach Susan told us na may tour daw kami sa Macau kapag naka-medal kaya masaya kaming lahat,” said Esmero.

Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge champions Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Stephen Guzman managed to capture silver medals against their much-taller and older opponents.

The eight-year-old Mojdeh secured silvers in the girls’ 9-under 100m Individual Medley (1:26.13) and 50m butterfly (37.62) while the 10-year-old Guzman placed second in the boys’ 12-under 100m freestyle (1:05.80).

Overall, the PSL has four golds and four silvers counting Zamora’s gold in the 200m IM (2:12.40) and Esmero’s silver in the 200m IM (2:38.56).

The other members of the team are Alic Deniel Dela Cruz, Roger Dante Giron, Marie Joe Borres and Kyla Soguilon, who are aiming to win medals in their respective age-bands.

The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap)—an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).

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