SINGAPORE: Philippine Swimming League (PSL) started its title-retention bid on a high note by bagging 10 golds, 11 silvers and six bronzes highlighted by Sean Terence Zamora’s record-breaking feat on Saturday in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) here.
Zamora, a University of Santo Tomas standout, submitted one minute and 1.27 second to rule the boys’ 14-15 100-meter butterfly. He broke the five-year-old mark of 1:02.16 of Incheon Asian Games champion and Southeast Asian Games multi-gold medalist Joseph Schooling of Singapore registered in 2010.
“Na-challenge talaga ako nung nakita ko ‘yung time nung mga kalaban ko. Malalakas sila kaya talagang ibinuhos ko na lalo na sa final stretch. Target ko po kasi talaga na makuha yung record,” said Zamora, the reigning Male Swimmer of the Year.
Singapore’s Zhong Qing Ang settled for second with a time of 1:02.79 while Diliman Preparatory School’s Paul Christian Cusing took the bronze in 1:05.22.
Sharing the spotlight were Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge gold medalist Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8-9 100m butterfly, 1:21.48, and 50m breaststroke, 44.71) and Hong Kong Stingrays veteran Charize Juliana Esmero (girls’ 12-13 200m freestyle, 2:26.17, and 50m back, 34.40), who earned two gold medals each in their respective events.
“We are amazed at the superior performance of our athletes especially Sean Terence Zamora who broke the meet record of Asian Games champion Joseph Schooling of Singapore. We are proud of his achievement. This kid has a bright future,” PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa said.
Also winning gold medals were Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 10-11 50m backstroke, 35.49), Martin Jacob Pupos (boys’ 16-17 200m freestyle, 2:04.52), Stephen Guzman (boys’ 10-11 50m backstroke, 37.62), Nigel Timothy Romey (boys’ 12-13 50m backstroke, 33.74) and Lee Grant Cabral (boys’ 8-9 100m butterfly, 1:33,53).
The silver medalists were Zamora (50m backstroke), Mojdeh (200m freestyle), Esmero (100m butterfly), Guzman (100m butterfly), Marc Bryan Dula (boys’ 8-9 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly), Gianna Millen Data (girls’ 16-17 200m freestyle), Jason Mirabueno (boys’ 16-17 50m backstroke) and Aubrey Tom (girls’ 8-9 100m butterfly).
Tom (50m backstroke), Ferdinand Ian Trinidad (boys’ 14-15 200m freestyle), Mark Daniel Marajucom (boys’ 50m backstroke), Karl Kervee Pastoril (boys’ 10-11 100m butterfly) and Pia Isabela Loy (girls’ 12-13 100m butterfly) contributed bronze medals.
“It’s a great exposure especially for our young swimmers. Ang tatapang ng mga bata, kahit malalaki ang mga kalaban nila talagang lumalaban,” said PSL President Susan Papa, who was accompanied by Alex Papa, Marlon Dula, Joel Villa, Ephraim Rivera and Nini Loy in the coaching staff.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).