Reigning Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon of Western Visayas Region bagged the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in elementary girls of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa swimming competition held in Legazpi City, Albay.
The 11-year-old Kalibo, Aklan pride claimed four gold, two silver and one bronze medals to pocket the top honors against older and taller foes.
Soguilon, a back-to-back Milo Junior Athlete of the Year awardee, dominated the 50m butterfly in 32.49 seconds and the 50m backstroke via an impressive 34.55-second showing.
She also steered the Western Visayas team to golden finishes in the 4x50m medley relay (2:17.45) with teammates Lyxynn Jade Ladrillo, Stefanny Louise Sa-Ac and Nicole Alexis Asong, and 4×100 medley relay (5:05.06) with Ladrillo, Sa-Ac and Trisha Lei Bongco.
The Sun Yat Sen-Kalibo standout wrapped up her campaign with silver medals in the 100m backstroke (1:13.37) and 50m freestyle (29.93), and a bronze in the 200m Individual Medley (2:42.14).
“We, at the PSL, are so proud of her. She started with us just three years ago and look at her now. She’s beating older and taller foes in Palarong Pambansa. Watch out for this young girl next year. Hindi lang four golds ang makukuha niyan,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Before plunging into action in Palarong Pambansa, Soguilon made waves in international scene winning the MOS trophy in the girls’ 11-year category of the 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge held in Perth, Australia.
She won nine gold medals – 200m backstroke (2:55.69, new record), 50m freestyle (35.70), 50m butterfly (32.49), 100m backstroke (1:14.22), 50m backstroke (34.21), 100m butterfly (1:13.53), 200m IM (2:43.60), 200m medley relay and 4x50m freestyle relay – and one bronze (100m freestyle).
Up next for Soguilon is the 2016 Stingray Swimming Championship scheduled next month in Hong Kong. Joining her in the Hong Kong meet is National Capital Region tanker Jerard Dominic Jacinto, who broke the Philippine national junior record in the boys’ 14-15 100m backstroke event during Palarong Pambansa.
“We would like to congratulate all our PSL swimmers who won medals in the Palarong Pambansa. They all did an excellent job,” added Papa.
MAYPEARL N. DEL ROSARIO