Philippine Swimming League (PSL) tankers Paula Ann Regine Cayanan and Marice Sacho Ilustre made waves in 2013 as they nailed new Philippine records in their respective events.
Cayanan checked in at 27.88 seconds in winning the gold medal in the girls’ 13 years and under 50-meter freestyle event during the 9th SICC Invitational Swimming Championship held in Singapore, erasing the 28.22 old mark of Olympian Jasmine Al-Khaldi in the 30th Southeast Asian Age-Group Championships in Indonesia.
Cayanan also holds the national record in the 14-15 age category of the same event with a time of 27.75 seconds—the sixth fastest in Philippine Senior Open category.
She actually started competing in the SICC Invitational Swimming Championship since 2010 when she emerged as the Most Outstanding Swimmer during her international debut.
Ilustre, on the other hand, put his name in the history book as he registered a new national record of two minutes and 11.25 in the boys’ 14 years 200m butterfly in the G- League Series, surpassing the former time of 2:11.51 of Jonathan Villagracia on June 4, 1999.
His 2:11.25 showing is the third fastest time in the Philippine Senior Open category.
“Both swimmers broke the Junior National Records outside of the National Training pool. This was a great help in saving government’s fund of Philippine Sports Commission, meaning it is not the National Association training both swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Fellow Palarong Pambansa standouts Sean Terence Zamora and McTracy John Alindogan are also expected to showcase their prowess in the coming season.
“We are happy with our grassroot developmental program, we see our swimmers breaking the old national mark records. We see another great year for 2014,” said Papa.
“We see increase supernatural powers in our swimmers, all because of our faith and trust to our God Almighty, and doing good deeds,” ended the PSL founder.