• PSL tankers add 26 to gold medal haul

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    Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa with the medalists on Day 2 of the 2016 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa with the medalists on Day 2 of the 2016 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    SINGAPORE: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) continued its remarkable showing here as it claimed 26 more gold medals highlighted by another eight new records on the second day of the 2016 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship at the Singapore Island Country Club.

    Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas copped three more gold medals – all in record fashion – in boys’ 16-17 category while Palarong Pambansa champion Kyla Soguilon delivered three golds including two new marks in girls’ 12-13 event.

    The 15-year-old Zamora nailed new marks in 50m freestyle (25.32) and 100m freestyle (55.36), besting the previous records of 25.40 and 55.59, respectively, which were both established by Chinese Tao Zhen Ren in 2010.

    Zamora also had an impressive 2:15.76 in the 200m IM to erase the nine-year-old record of 2:24.16 of Singaporean Peh Fraser.

    On the other hand, Soguilon had record-breaking feat in girls’ 12-13 50m freestyle (29.55) and 100m backstroke (1:13.17) then bagged another gold in 200m IM (2:42.43)

    Joining the list of record-breakers are Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East (boys’ 14-15 100m backstroke, 1:01.57), Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy (boys’ 8-9 100m backstroke, 1:23.99) and Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines (girls’ 14-15 100m backstroke, 1:10.79).

    International Learning Academy of Cainta standout Aubrey Tom (girls’ 8-9 50m freestyle, 33.27, and 100m backstroke, 1:26.73) and De La Salle-Zobel tanker Joey Del Rosario (boys’ 8-9 50m freestyle, 36.01, and 100m breaststroke, 1:50.36) delivered two gold medals each.

    The other gold medal winners were Jazmine Mirasol in girls’ 18-over 50m freestyle (39.56), Master Charles Janda in boys’ 7-under 100m backstroke (1:56.83), Nicolai Chiong in boys’ 16-17 100m backstroke (1:07.17), Gianna Data in girls’ 16-17 200m IM (2:49.88), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh in girls’ 10-11 200m IM (1:31.99), Jacinto in 50m freestyle (26.65), and the 200m freestyle relay teams in boys’ 7-under, boys’ 8-9, girls’ 8-9, girls’ 12-13, boys’ 14-15, boys’ 16-17, girls’ 16-17 and girls’ 18-over.

    The Philippines has so far earned 53 gold medals, surpassing the 36 mints it won last year.

    More medals are expected to be added in the bag on the final day of the competition.

    “We’re happy that we’re able to surpass our medal target. But we’re not yet done. More medals are up for grabs in the remaining events and our swimmers are aiming for a strong finish,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    Winning silver medals were Estelle Margaret Mendez (girls’ 7-under 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke), Triza Haileyana Tabamo (girls’ 8-9 50m freestyle), Aubrey Bermejo (girls’ 12-13 50m freestyle and 200m IM), Chiong (50m freestyle, 200m IM and 100m freestyle), Gian Daniel Berino (boys’ 18-over 50m freestyle), Rafael Jon Escalona (boys’ 7-under 100m backstroke), Jose Rommel Corpuz (boys’ 12-13 100m backstroke), Roger Dante Giron (boys’ 16-17 100m backstroke), Louise Orlane Reyes (girls’ 16-17 100m backstroke), and the 200m freestyle relay teams in girls’ 8-9, boys’ 10-11, girls’ 10-11, girls’ 14-15 and boys’ 18-over.

    The bronze medalists were Corpuz (50m freestyle), Mojdeh (100m backstroke), Gene Heart Quiambao (girls’ 12-13 50m freestyle), Gregg Marasigan (boys’ 14-15 50m freestyle), Joaquin Mirasol (boys’ 8-9 100m backstroke), Albert Sermonia II (boys’ 10-11 100m backstroke),

    Asa Mahiwo (boys’ 16-17 100m backstroke), Paul Christian King Cusing (boys’ 16-17 200m IM) and the boys’ 12-13 200m freestyle relay.

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