• PSL tankers end Perth campaign with13-gold haul

    The Philippine Swimming League team at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Philippine Swimming League team at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) wrapped up its campaign with an impressive 13-gold haul on the final day of the prestigious 2014 Australia Swimming Championships–All Stars Swimming Challenge held at the Challenge Stadium in Perth.

    University of Santo Tomas standout Sean Terrence Zamora sizzled anew by winning six more gold medals in the boys’ 13 years category.

    Zamora stamped his class in the 200-meter Individual Medley (2:21.46), 100m butterfly (1:04.06), 50m breaststroke (34.41) and 100m freestyle (59.95). He spearheaded Team Asia in grabbing the 13-14 medley relay gold along with Paul Cusing then teamed up with Martin Jacob Pupos, Sean Elijah Enero and Lans Rawlin Donato in winning the 15-16 medley relay crown.

    Overall, the 13-year-old Zamora won 11 golds counting his first five mints (50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 4x50m freestyle relay) on the opening day to take the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in his age group.

    Pupos added three gold in the boys’ 16 years 200m IM (2:26.20), 200m freestyle (2:06.59) and 200m butterfly (2:47.67), a silver in the 100m freestyle (58.23) and a bronze in the 100m butterfly (1:03.72).

    University of the Philippines’ Delia Angela Cordero pocketed the girls’ 17-over 100m butterfly (1:06.71) and 200m butterfly (2:25.54) title and was part of the medley relay champion team.

    Also winning gold medal was Donato, who topped the boys’ 15 years 100m freestyle (58.29) before finishing second in the 200m IM (2:30.74), 100m butterfly (1:02.83) and 200m butterfly (2:47.76).

    Sisters Paula and Pauline Cusing were members of the girls’ 13-14 medley relay third placer.

    “The swimmers were just so inspired by the gesture of the Filipino community. Our swimmers were motivated and gave everything even they were tired from the long travel. I am just so thankful to the Filipino community for helping our team,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    The PSL chief expressed gratitude to the Vicki Wotherspoon and Jorge Embido and the Filipino Community-Mandurah and Filipino Community-Perth.

    Overall, the Philippines won 21 gold, six silver and eight bronze medals.

    “We are proud of these PSL swimmers. It makes us even proud as a Filipino. It only shows that the Filipinos could be at par with some of the world’s best,” said Wotherspoon.

    As a reward, the team was treated with a day tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where they visited the famous Petronas Twin Towers and Batu Cave, according to Papa.

    PSL secretary Guia Llaguno was the delegation head while Ryan Robles served as head coach.

    PSL having the longest grassroots program in sport is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines – an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.


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