PSL rules Singapore meet anew

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TRIUMPHANT TANKERS  Former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula pose with swimmers during the team’s arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula pose with swimmers during the team’s arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) copped a total of 117 medals—36 golds, 50 silvers and 31 bronzes —to retain the overall championship title in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Singapore Island Country Club.

It was the third straight title of the Philippines in the annual tournament participated by more than 200 tankers including some members of the Singapore national junior swimming team. The team also surpassed the 30-gold medal target of PSL President Susan Papa.

“For the first time, lahat ng swimmers na dinala namin may medal. Walang uuwi na walang medal. I’m proud of these swimmers who swam beyond their best and of course yung mga coaches na nagtulong-tulong. Everybody will be going home happy,” said Papa.

Immaculate Heary of Mary College standout Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8-9), SunYat Sen School-Kalibo’s Kyla Soguilon (10-11), Diliman Preparatory School’s Gianna Millen Data (girls’ 16-17) and University of the Philippines Integrated School’s Charize Esmero (girls’ 12-13) led the squad with five gold medals each.


The PSL tankers also registered eight new records – five from Sean Terence Zamora in the boys’ 14-15 class, two from Mojdeh and one from Soguilon.

Zamora broke four records of Asian Games gold medalist and Southeast Asian Games Most Bemedalled Male Swimmer Joseph Schooling of Singapore in the 100m butterfly (1:01.27), 100m backstroke (1:02.95), 200m Individual Medley (2:16.75) and 50m backstroke (29.48) events. He also slayed the old record of Teo Zhen Ren of China in the 100m freestyle (55.78).

On the other hand, Mojdeh submitted new marks in the 100m breaststroke (1:34.85) and 50m butterfly (36.42) while Soguilon joining the list of new record-breakers by smashing the 100m backstroke (1:16.78) old time.

Also winning gold medals were Martin Jacob Pupos (boys’ 16-17), Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 8-9), Aalia Jaire Espejo (girls’ 12-13), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10-11), Nigel Romey (boys’ 12-13), Maxine Dalmacio (girls’ 10-11), Lee Grant Cabral (boys’ 8-9), Luis Joaquin Ventura (boys’ 10-11) in individual events, and Danica Mikaela Alba, Riandrea Chico, Aubrey Ybanez, Sophia Castillo and Isis Arnaldo in team events.

Mojdeh, Soguilon, Dula and Cabral were named Most Outstanding Swimmers in their respective age-groups.

“It was really a great feeling that we have MOS winners with great times. Malalakas ang mga kalaban nila dito lalo na yung members ng Singapore national junior team kaya masaya kami sa resulta ng kampanya natin dito,” added Papa, who thanked former Sen. Nikki Coseteng for her unwavering support.

Earning silver medals were Paul Christian King Cusing, Jason Mirabueno, Marcus Faytaren, Aubrey Tom, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Ferdinand Ian Trinidad, Gian Nicole Nunez, Stephen Michael Abalos, Mark Daniel Marajucom, Joey Del Rosario, Robby Loy, Janelle Blanch, Santien Santos, Aron Romey, Joanna Cervas, Tricia Princillo, Samantha Lachica and Hans Reyes.

The other medalists were Eduardo Tolentino, Philip Princillo, John Leo Sabillo, Nicolette Belgica, Alecsanda Rivera, Hannah Ataza, Sofia Estrada, Tricia Capistrano, Jenny Ong, Meynard Bautista, Andre Mendoza, Jason Ong, Vincent Samaniego, Jay Tecson, Jine Deligero, Edgar Roberto, Jake Torrelino, Judi Segotier, Christine Townend, Danica Alba, Karl Kervee Pastoril, Jayani Balutan, Lowestein Julian Lazaro, Edward Princillo, Jewel Sermonia, Andrea Ybanez, Albert Sermonia, Carl Wildred Adones, Nicole Villagomeza and Pia Loy.

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