The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) wrapped up its campaign with a total haul of 20 medals—nine golds, nine silvers and two bronzes—in the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool.
The team added two golds, two silvers and one bronze on the final day of the competition with Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees Stephen Guzman and Sean Terence Zamora winning one gold each.
Bouncing back from a silver-medal finish in the 100m butterfly earlier, the 10-year-old Guzman stunned his older and taller foes by topping the boys’ 12-under 50-meter freestyle in 29.70 seconds.
He defeated the 12-year-old Jake Wimbush of Hong Kong, who checked in at 29.71, and the 11-year-old Zach Wong of China (30.15).
On the other hand, losing was not on Zamora’s mind as he surged through the water in the boys’ 14 years 100m butterfly in 59.69 seconds to win his sixth gold medal – a clean sweep of his all events.
The incoming Grade 10 student at University of Santo Tomas bagged the 200m Individual Medley, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly golds in record fashions then added another one in the 200m backstroke.
“These kids are motivated when they get help from PSL to travel for free airfare and accommodation. It is something that swimmers feel that their hard work is worth it and they perform very well. And PSL is also blessed to some parents that they volunteer to spend and use it to others who are in need,” said PSL president Susan Papa.
Charize Juliana Esmero chipped in one silver in the girls’ 12 years 50m freestyle (29.66) while former PSL Rookie of the Year Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh contributed one bronze in the girls’ 9 years 50m freestyle (35.67).
The team has surpassed its eight-gold medal haul in the 2014 edition.
The other gold medals were from Esmero (100m backstroke and 200m backstroke) while the silver medals were delivered by Mojdeh (100m IM, 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke), Guzman (100m freestyle) and Roger Dante Giron (boys’ 15 years 200m butterfly).
Esmero had one bronze in the 200m freestyle.
Visayas tankers Kyla Soguilon, Marie Joe Borres and Deniel Alic Dela Cruz were the other members of the team.
“I would like to congratulate all the swimmers – Sean, Charize, Stephen, Jasmine, Roger Dante, Kyla, Marie Joe and Deniel Alic for an excellent performance. They all beat their personal best times. What is amazing is to go beyond what these swimmers can do and even surpassed meet records established by Japanese and Chinese swimmers. This is not within the circle of Asean countries but Asian,” said PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
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).