SINGAPORE: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) bagged the overall championship title for the fourth-straight time, winning a total of 79 gold, 54 silver and 39 bronze medals in the 2016 Singapore Invi-tational Swimming Championship held at the Singapore Island Country Club.
On the final day, the Filipino tankers added 25 gold medals with two more new records established by Aubrey Tom of International Learning Academy of Cainta and Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas.
Tom dominated the girls’ 8-9 100m freestyle event in 1:13.31, beating the 1:14.64 old mark of Naomi Rui Ern Ong of Singapore last year. Tom got another gold in 50m butterfly (36.46).
On the other hand, the reigning Male Swimmer of the Year Zamora topped the boys’ 16-17 50m butterfly in record fashion of 26.80 seconds, eclipsing the 27.06 of Chinese Di Sheng Chin in 2011.
Jazmine Mirasol chipped in three gold medals in girls’ 18-over 100m freestyle (1:32.26), 100m breaststroke (1:45.17) and 50m butterfly (45.27) while Jerard Dominic Jacinto (boys’ 14-15 200m IM, 2:22.17, and 100m freestyle, 57.74) and Aubrey Bermejo (girls’ 12-13 100m freestyle, 1:05.19, and 50m butterfly, 32.13) delivered two mints each.
Weisenheimer Academy’s Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 8-9 50m butterfly, 35.83), Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque’s Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 10-11 100m breaststroke, 1:31.99) and De La Salle-Zobel’s Joey Del Rosario (boys’ 8-9 100m breaststroke, 1:50.36) secured one gold apiece along with Shane Erica Majimbun (girls’ 8-9 100m breaststroke, 1:50.36), Zhakira Eybriel Idulsa (girls’ 12-13 100m breaststroke, 1:26.76), Orlando Luis Reyes (boys’ 14-15 100m breaststroke, 1:15.84), Master Charles Janda (boys’ 7-under 50m butterfly, 46.65), and the 200m medley relay in boys’ 7-under, boys’ 8-9, girls’ 8-9, girls’ 10-11, girls’ 12-13, boys’ 16-17 and boys’ 18-over.
Placing second in their respective events were Mojdeh (50m butterfly), Janda (100m freestyle), Tabamo (100m freestyle and 50m butterfly), Del Rosario (100m freestyle and 50m butterfly), Estelle Margaret Mendez (girls’ 7-under 100m freestyle), Gene Heart Quiambao (girls’ 12-13 100m freestyle), Charize Juliana Esmero (girls’ 14-15 100m freestyle), Gian Daniel Berino (boys’ 18-over 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly), Raehanna Gargullo (girls’ 8-9 100m breaststroke), Paul Christian King Cusing (boys’ 16-17 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly), Gianna Data (girls’ 16-17 100m breaststroke), Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 12-13 50m butterfly), the boys’ 10-11 200m medley relay, girls’ 14-15 200m medley relay, girls’ 16-17 200m medley relay and girls’ 18-over 200m medley relay.
Claiming bronze medals were Reyes (200m IM, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly), Esmero (200m IM), Data (50m butterfly), Joaquin Mirasol (boys’ 8-9 100m freestyle), Maria Francesca Barretto (girls’ 8-9 100m freestyle), Angela Claire Torrico (girls’ 10-11 100m freestyle), Trump Christian Luistro (boys’ 8-9 100m breaststroke), Trezcia Dorado (girls’ 8-9 100m breaststroke), Isabel Baclig (girls’ 14-15 100m breaststroke), Namahig Asa Mahiwo (boys’ 16-17 100m breaststroke) and Roger Dante Giron (boys’ 16-17 50m butterfly).
PSL bagged 28 golds 17 silvers and 18 bronzes on Day 1 then came up with another sterling performance on Day 2 with 26 golds, 18 silvers and eight bronzes.
It was PSL’s fifth crown overall after ruling the 2011 edition before claiming the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 titles.
“We would like to commend our young swimmers who fought hard to win medals for our country. We’re so blessed to be here waving our flag against some of the region’s best young tankers. It’s a job well done,” said PSL President Susan Papa who was accompanied by Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa, Joey Andaya and Ryan Robles.