HONG KONG: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) bagged a total of eight golds, five silvers and three bronzes in the 2014 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool here.
The 10-member team ended its campaign on a high note as it claimed four more golds, one silver and one bronze on the final day of the three-day competition.
Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas (UST) was unstoppable in the boys’ 13-14 years class to cop the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in his age-group. He dominated the 200-meter backstroke in two minutes and 18.52 seconds before wrapping up his stint with another gold in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:00.62.
Overall, Zamora won six gold medals including his impressive showing in the 100m backstroke (1:03.48), 200m butterfly (2:17.88), 200m backstroke (2:18.52) and the 200m Individual Medley (2:17.61).
Another UST standout Gabriel Guerrero chipped in one gold after ruling the boys’ 13-14 years 50m freestyle (26.71). He defeated Hong Kong bets Timothy Chui (27.00) and Nicholas Chan (27.42). Guerrero, on the other hand, placed second in the 100m butterfly (1:03.67).
University of the Philippines’ Christen Mercado also sizzled on the final day by topping the boys’ 17-over 50m freestyle in 24.96 seconds, beating silver medalist Sean Lam of Hong Kong (25.70) and Bernard Jiang of Hong Kong (26.33).
Aklan Swimming Club’s Kyla Soguilon wound up third in the girls’ 9 years 50m breaststroke.
The other medals were delivered by Guerrero (silver in 100m freestyle), Mercado (silver in 100m backstroke and bronze in 100m freestyle), Soguilon (silver in 50m freestyle and bronze in 50m butterfly) and the boys’ 200m medley relay (silver).
“We’re happy with the outcome of our campaign here. It’s really tough competing against the best swimmers in the region but out swimmers didn’t back down and fought hard until the final day of competition,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The other members of the delegation were Kobe Soguilon (boys’ 14 years), Grayiel Guerrero (boys’ 13 years), Gaddiel Vicente San Pedro (boys’ 15 years), Mark Lawrence Sevilla (boys’ 9 years) and John Gabriel Bucad (boys’ 10 years) along with PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula.
“We’ll continue sending them abroad to further hone their skills. They need this kind of exposure to know if they’re improving or not. We’re not just aiming to become the best in Southeast Asia but we want to be the best in Asia and, hopefully, the best in the world,” added Papa.
PSL has the longest grassroots program in sport and is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.