KALIBO: As expected, Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon dominated their respective events in record fashions at the start of the 75th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Championship dubbed as the Cong. Ted Haresco Jr. Swim Cup on Saturday at the Aklan Provincial Sports Complex here in Aklan.
Zamora, the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year, submitted 27.95 seconds to rule the boys’ 14 years 50-meter butterfly. He broke the 28.04 old mark of Lans Rawlin Donato in 2013.
Moments later, Zamora scored another record-breaking feat in the 50m backstroke with a time of 28.97, beating the 31.02 of Sebastian Arcilla also in 2013.
Besides his gold medals in the butterfly and backstroke events, Zamora added mints in the 50m breaststroke (33.71) and 50m freestyle (26.63).
For her part, Soguilon, the Female Swimmer of the Year and Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year, made her presence felt in the girls’ 10 years as she nailed records in the 50m butterfly (34.21), 50m backstroke (36.15) and 50m freestyle (30.89). She bagged her fourth gold in the 50m breaststroke (43.67).
Indian Ocean All Star Challenge Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8 years) and Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10 years) likewise claimed new marks in their categories.
Mojdeh got new records in the 50m butterfly (37.22) and 50m breaststroke (47.35), and won golds in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle while Guzman earned fresh marks in the 50m freestyle (29.53) and 50m backstroke (37.04) then pocketed golds in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.
“PSL officials were called Gypsies, this is one of the comments we got from Facebook. PSL Pres. Susan Papa can never be stopped with her new ideas. Every morning is a new day for Phil. Swimming League, with its continuous program no other sports can overdo what swimming is undergoing,” PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
Veteran international campaigner Marc Bryan Dula (50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke) and Rafael Lentejas 3rd (50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke) copped four golds each in the boys’ 8 years and boys’ 7 years, respectively.
Also winning gold medals were Kobe Soguilon, Chelsea Pastolero, Nicole Camacho, Joana Cervas, Joemarie Borres, Jennuel De Leon, Lyssa Enero, Sean Elijah Enero, Laira Enero, Tricia Capistrano, Juliana Lirio, Alic Dela Cruz, Thrixia Dimapilis and Rose Mary Occeno in the event hosted by the Aklan Swimming Team headed by its President Kokoy Soguilon.
The other gold medalists were Johann Abogadie, Nigel Romey, Ferdinand Ian Trinidad, Casy Gumabong, Khrystian Tan, Sidley Rose Malumay, Jane Saradin, Rencel Uytoco, Lucio Cuyong 2nd, Gregg Marasigan, Angela Belandres, Pia Isabela Loy, Tanya Ureta, Khay Zambrona, Carl Adones, Chryserr Palomado, Georjeana Plenago, Karl Pastoril, Samantha Lachica and Wilse Jude Azarcon.
The Open Water competition backed by the Philippine National Red Cross Youth will be held on Sunday at the Crystal San Beach Resort Station 2 in Boracay while the PSL awards night is also scheduled on Sunday night.
The tournament serves as qualifying for international tournaments in Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, China, Turkey and Thailand.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.