PERTH, Australia: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) continued its impressive showing in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge by winning 20 golds, four silvers and four bronzes on Sunday at the Challenge Stadium here.
University of Santo Tomas standout Sean Terence Zamora copped five more golds including a record-breaking performance in the boys’ 14 years 200-meter Individual Medley while Stephen Guzman of Meridian International Learning Experience School also scooped five golds in the boys’ 11 years category.
The 14-year-old Zamora registered 2:21.45 to erase the 2:35.89 old mark of Callum Shepherd of Australia. He also dominated the 50m butterfly (28.31), 100m backstroke (1:05.68), 50m backstroke (30.14) and 100m butterfly (1:03.03).
Guzman, on the other hand, was unstoppable in the 100m backstroke (1:23.58), 200m IM (3:04.85) and 50m backstroke (37.78) then anchored the 200m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay gold teams.
Aklan’s Kyla Soguilon pocketed four golds in the girls’ 10 years while Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh had three in the girls’ 8 years; Drew Benett Magbag got two in the boys’ 15 years and Martin Jacob Pupos secured one in the boys’ 16 years.
Soguilon topped the100m backstroke (1:21.25), 50m backstroke (36.28), 100m butterfly (1:19.47) and 200m freestyle relay while Mojdeh took the top honors in the 50m backstroke (42.15), 200m medley relay and 200m freestyle relay.
Magbag, a University of the Philippines Integrated School mainstay, set a new record of 2:40.70 in the 200m breaststroke then broke another record in the 200m IM with a time of 2:24.65. Pupos likewise grabbed the spotlight by nailing a new record of 2:25.42 in the 200m IM.
“PSL is transforming lives, we want change in sports. We don’t get any government funds but it’s won’t stop us from helping these talented swimmers. We want to support them all the way. What the PSL is doing is actually the job of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee-National Sports Association,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The silver medals were from Aalia Jaire Espejo (girls’ 11 years 200m breaststroke), Christian Paul Cusing (boys’ 14 years 50m backstroke), Soguilon (200m freestyle relay), and Magbag and Pupos (200m freestyle relay) while the bronzes were delivered by Pupos (50m butterfly), Cusing (50m butterfly), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (boys’ 10 years 200m breaststroke) and Espejo ( 200m IM).
“In behalf of the Filipino Australasian Club Inc. (FACI) and Filipino Community Council of Western Australia, we would like to congratulate the delegation of the Philippine Swimming League for their outstanding work in winning several gold medals,” said FACI President Jessie Cajustin.
“This achievement is something that our Filipino community is very proud of, knowing that they are now competing with the good and strong swimmers of one of the Swimming capital countries in the globe, Australia,” he added.
So far, the Philippines has 30 golds, six silvers and five bronzes. “I am looking forward for more swimming delegations from Philippines to come to Australia especially in Perth and I would like to encourage everyone especially other Filipino community groups to support this valued delegations as they are worth investing, also these young athletes have so much potentials to be very competitive for more international competitions even to the Olympic Games.
“If we only help each other and give them our full support for their colorful journey. I would like to reiterate that giving and sharing our blessings is something that our God wanted to see within us,” stressed Cajustin.