TOKYO: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) continued its remarkable showing in the 2015 Japan Invitational Swimming Championship as it bagged six more gold medals on day three at the Tokyo International Swimming Pool here.
Reigning PSL Female Swimmer of the Year Kya Soguilon of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School led the country’s final push as she won three more gold medals while Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge multi-gold medalist Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque contributed two more golds in the competition participated in by Great Britain, China, US, Netherlands and host Japan.
Soguilon grabbed the top honors in the girls’ 9-10 50m butterfly (32.92), 200m Individual Medley (1:16.05) and 50m freestyle (30.38) to complete a sweet sweep of all of her six events. She earlier ruled the 50m backstroke then led the girls’ 9-10 team to golden finishes in the 200m medley relay and 200m freestyle relay.
On the other hand, the nine-year-old Mojdeh topped the girls’ 9-10 100m breaststroke (1:32.88) and 50m breaststroke (42.07) then woun dup second in the 50m butterfly (35.87).
Joining the team’s gold medal rush was Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines Integrated School, who finished first in the girls’ 11-12 200m freestyle via a 2:22.12 performance.
Delivering gold medals were University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 gold medalist Drew Benett Magbag (boys’ 15-18 100m breaststroke 1:09.00), Lucio Cuyong 2nd of Aklan Swimming Team (boys’ 11-12 50m breaststroke, 39.35, and 100m breaststroke, 1:27.09), and the 200m freestyle relay boys’ 15-18 relay team of Magbag, Sean Terence Zamora, Lans Rawlin Donato and Kobe Soguilon, and the 200m medley relay boys’ 15-18 team of Magbag, Zamora, Donato and Paul Chistian King Cusing.
Overall, the Philippines has 19 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronzes, surpassing the five-gold medal target of PSL President Susan Papa.
“We’re happy that we were able to achieve out goal here. We were able to put up a good fight against their foreign counterparts. These kids are so blessed to experience a high-level of competition here in Japan and at the same time enjoy the beauty of his country,” said Papa.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).