PERTH, Australia: Six Philippine Swimming League (PSL) tankers bannered by record-breakers Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) award in the 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge held at the Challenge Stadium here.
Zamora pocketed six gold medals including his record-breaking feat in 200m backstroke (2:20.24) and 200m Individual Medley (2:24.65) to secure the MOS trophy in the boys’ 15-year category. He also earned mints in 100m backstroke (1:04.26), 100m butterfly (1:13.52), 50m backstroke (29.40) and 100m freestyle (56.62), three silvers in 50m freestyle, 4x50m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay, and one bronze in 50m butterfly.
Despite competing against tall and older foes, Dula managed to snatch the MOS award in the boys’ 9-year event after topping the 50m butterfly (35.70), 100m butterfly (1:28.41) and 200m medley relay highlighted by his record-breaking feat in 200m freestyle (2:55.69) and 200m IM (3:10.84). He also earned a silver medal (100m backstroke).
The other MOS winners were Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen Kalibo (girls’ 11-year), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque (girls’ 9-year), Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines (UP) Integrated School (boys’ 16-year), and Albert Sermonia 2nd of Diliman Preparatory School (boys’ 11-year).
Soguilon topped the 200m backstroke (2:55.69, new record), 50m freestyle (35.70), 50m butterfly (32.49), 100m backstroke (1:14.22), 50m backstroke (34.21), 100m butterfly (1:13.53), 200m IM (2:43.60), 200m medley relay and 4x50m freestyle relay before wrapping up her campaign with a bronze in 100m freestyle.
For her part, Mojdeh earned golds in 100m breaststroke (1:31.09, new record), 100m butterfly (1:17.66, new record), 50m breaststroke (42.38), 50m butterfly (34.25), 200m breaststroke (3:18.61), 200m freestyle (2:40.55), 200m IM (2:54.16) and 200m medley relay, and a couple of silvers in 50m freestyle and 4x50m freestyle relay.
The 16-year-old Magbag had an impressive showing by winning golds in 200m breaststroke (2:36.19) and 200m IM (2:23.52) in record fashion then claimed three more golds in 50m breaststroke (32.31), 100m breaststroke (1:10.21) and 200m freestyle (2:11.36), three silvers in 200m butterfly, 200m medley relay and 4x50m freestyle relay, and one bronze in 50m butterfly.
Sermonia, who had an asthma attack a day before the competition started, delivered golds in 200m breaststroke (3:21.72) and 200m butterfly (3:30.54), two silvers in 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle, and one bronze in 200m medley relay.
Overall, PSL grabbed a total of 79 medals – 48 golds, 19 silvers and 12 bronzes.
“It was a great turnout as all of our swimmers won medals. The kids were motivated and determined to win medals to give honors to our country. We are so proud of them. We would like to thank the Filipino community for their unwavering support to the team,” said PSL President Susan Papa referring to Dave Wotherspoon and Vicki Wotherspoon of Filipino-Australasian Club, Inc. (FACI), and Landy Matugas and Brad Matugas of Filipino-Australian Club of Perth, Inc. (FACPI) as well as Fr. Christian Saminal, Fr. Con Bogaoisan, Francis Pisa and Rodolph Catbagan.
The other medalists were Joy Rodgers and Namahig Asa Mahiwo of UP, Paul Christian King Cusing of Diliman Preparatory School, Ferdinand Ian Trinidad of Pedro Guevarra National High School Laguna, Jux Solita of UST, Roger Dante Giron and John Gabriel Bucad of Bobstrokers Swim Club, Lucio Cuyong 2nd and Kobe Soguilon of Aklan Swimming Team, Francis Sherwyn Tan of Mapua, and Lowenstein Julian Lazaro of Isabela.
“The Perth competition was the most awesome and fulfilling experience for our PSL swimmers. We would like to thank coach Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa and the rest of the PSL family, who steadfastly support the goals of PSL. Our thanks too to the Filipino community in Australia,” PSL Regional Director Atty. Maria Theresa Mahiwo commented.