Eight Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts led by Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora broke records in the 78th PSL National Series dubbed as the Gov. Ramil Hernandez Swimming Meet held at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz.
Zamora, an Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge multi-gold medalist, registered 25.61 seconds in topping the boys’ 14 years 50-meter freestyle and smashed the 26.15 old mark of Palarong Pambansa champion Maurice Sacho Ilustre.
The 14-year-old University of Santo Tomas tanker continued his dominating performance in 100m backstroke by clocking 1:04.40, breaking the previous record of 1:08.43 of Christen Mercado.
“The PSL continuing process of developing swimmers from grassroots program thru the monthly competition and the participation of international is showing good results. It is worth the sacrifice,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“The pain that we experienced from the Philippine Sports Commission, the head in the sports in our country is a challenge to us. And the kids are aware that we are not of any government support financially and not even on morale side. But definitely this will not stop me and our greatest supporter from Above. We are also thankful to Senator Nikki Coseteng for her support,” she added.
Phuket Swimming Meet gold medalist Aubrey Tom also grabbed some spotlight after nailing two records in the girls’ 8 years category in the event supported by the Laguna Provincial Sports and Games Development Office headed by Celso Rivera.
Tom had 42.47 in the 50m backstroke to erase the 43.70 old mark of Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh then notched another record-breaking feat in the 50m freestyle in 35.30 seconds to beat the 36.79 old time also owned by Mojdeh.
The other record breakers were Mojdeh, Sean Elijah Enero, Martin Jacob Pupos, Eirik Judel Rivera, Charize Juliana Esmero and Arabella Resado.
Mojdeh, a former Rookie of the Year, dominated the girls’ 9 years 50m butterfly in 36.27 seconds to remove the 36.59 mark of Kyla Soguilon while Enero checked in at 31.70 seconds in topping the boys’ 15-over 50m breastrtoke, besting the 31.72 of Jerome Magallanes.
Pupos ruled the boys’ 15-over 100m butterfly (1:01.71), Rivera reigned supreme in the boys’ 9 years 50m butterfly (34.07), Esmero topped the girls’ 12 years 100m backstroke (1:13.61), and Resado pocketed the girs’ 12 years 50m breaststroke crown (36.15) – all via record-breaking feats.
“It is wonderful feeling to see our swimmers improving every competition. There are also a lot of swimmers that we developed and being recruited by the national association thru a person engaged commercially in swimming enterprise. Although I am warning him that if he doesn’t stop depriving these kids to swim and keep misrepresenting and manipulating, I will have no other recourse but bring him to the court of law,” Papa ended.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap)—an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).