The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has been successful in international arena after winning medals in some major competitions including in big tournaments in South Africa and Australia.
The PSL started the year with a bang following its 18-gold, 11-silver, 6-bronze showing in the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala held at the University of Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center in Cape Town, South Africa in February.
Former Swimmer of the Year McTracy Alindogan was accounted for eight golds (boys’ 13 years 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 400m individual medley and 50m freestyle) while Denjylie Cordero (girls’ 17-over 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m IM) and Portia Doragos (girls’ 13 years 1,500m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke) chipped in four golds each, and Carlo Doragos (boys’ 15 years 400m freestyle) and Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 10-under 100m freestyle) earned one mint apiece.
Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, the youngest competitor in the tournament at seven, also made an impact after beating tall rivals to earn the respect of fellow swimmers, coaches and officials of different African nations. She was adjudged as the Darling of the Crowd.
The gold-rush continued in the 2014 Australia Swimming Championships—All Stars Swimming Challenge held in April at the Challenge Stadium in Perth as the Filipino tankers delivered 21 golds, six silvers and eight bronzes.
University of Santo Tomas standout Sean Terence Zamora led the squad with 11 golds in the boys’ 13 years category. He ruled the 200m IM, 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 4x50m freestyle relay, 13-14 medley relay and 15-16 medley relay to win the Most Outstanding Swimmer award.
The other gold medalists were Martin Jacob Pupos, Delia Angela Cordero, Lans Rawlin Donato, Paul Cusing and Sean Enero.
A month later, the PSL won eight golds, five silvers and three bronzes in the 2014 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships with Zamora claiming six golds and Gabriel Guerrero and Christen Mercado earning the other mints.
In August, the PSL claimed its second overall championship title in the 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship with a whopping 69-gold, 55-silver, 37-bronze showing.
In September, Mojdeh added another feather to her cap by claiming a gold medal in the prestigious 20th Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet. It was the PSL’s first gold in the tournament participated by strong swimmers from China, Singapore, Australia, among others.
The PSL closed out the 2014 season with a total haul of 58 medals (20 golds, 21 silvers and 17 bronzes) in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship in Thailand.
“It was indeed a successful year for us. A lot of swimmers have improved especially those in the motivational and Class C level. We will continue our program next year and we’re looking forward to another banner year,” said PSL President Susan Papa.