BANGKOK: The Philippines made waves at the start of the 2013 Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC)–Invitational Swimming Championships, winning eight gold, six silver and three bronze medals on Saturday at the RBSC swimming pool here.
Palarong Pambansa champion Sean Terrence Zamora and University Athletic Association of the Philippines multi-gold medalist Ma. Claire Adorna led the onslaught of the squad by bagging three gold medals each in their respective division.
Zamora grabbed the limelight as he ruled the boys’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle in record fashion. He checked in at 58.48 seconds, surpassing the 59.61 old mark of Sin-gaporean Michael Zhi Koi registered in 2012.
McTracy Alindogan secured a 1-2 punch for the Philippines when he clinched the silver medal in 59.72. Zhong Qing Ang of Singapore pocketed the bronze with 59.86.
Zamora earned his second gold in topping the 100m butterfly (1:03.62) before getting the 50m backstroke title for his third gold.
For her part, Adorna, a graduating Sports Science student at University of the Philippines, dominated the girls’ 15-Over 100m freestyle in 1:00.84, beating Sarah Hsu of Hong Kong (1:01.75) and Sidney Smith of Thailand (1:04.19).
Adorna also reigned supreme in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:06.35. Hsu settled for silver anew with 1:07.87 while another Filipina, Jackelyn Calvadorra claimed the bronze medal (1:11.53). Adorna got her third gold in the 50m backstroke event.
Emmanuel Joshua Lorbes and Joy Rodgers chipped in one gold each for the Philippine Team sponsored by the Philippine Airlines and the Philippine Swimming League (PSL).
Lorbes ruled the boys’ 15-Over 100m butterfly (1:02.23) against Arin Kiangsiri of Thailand (1:05.27) and Nicholas Soh of Singapore (1:06.36) while Rodgers copped the girls’ 15-Over 50m breaststroke crown (35.42) against Sira-passorn Mahaphanit of Thailand (37.08) and Amy Farrell of Hong Kong (38.77).
“It’s a good start but we’re expecting for more medals as the competition progresses. The kids are well-prepared and motivated,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The other silver medals were delivered by Lorbes (100m freestyle, 1:00.92), Alindogan (50m breaststroke, 34.65), Michael Lozada (boys’ 6-Under 50m breaststroke, 56.65), Lans Rawlin Donato (boys’ 13-14 100m butterfly, 1:04.34) and Ma. Angela Villamil (girls’ 13-14 100m butterfly, 1:14.13) while Zamora (50m breaststroke, 34.91), Villamil (100m freestyle, 1:04.92) and Donato (100m freestyle, 59.09) were the bronze winners.