PSL wins 58 medals in Royal Bangkok Championship

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 Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa with the medalists and coaches in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa with the medalists and coaches in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

BANGKOK: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be going home with a total haul of 58 medals on 20 golds, 21 silvers and 17 bronzes after its impressive showing in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship held at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club Swimming Pool here in Thailand.

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The team won seven golds, seven silvers and seven bronzes on the final day of the competition with Daryl Concepcion of Diliman Preparatory School and Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen School-Aklan delivering two golds each.

Concepcion bagged golds in the boys’ 11-12 50-meter butterfly (30.11) and 100m backstroke (1:07.39) while Soguilon dominated the girls’ 9 years 100m backstroke (1:21.43) and 50m freestyle (32.84).

Michael Gabriel Lozada chipped in one more gold in the boys’ 7 years 100m backstroke (1:34.55) so as San Sebastian College-Recoletos standout Mico Abina, who claimed the top spot in the boys’ 15-over 50m butterfly (27.62).

Concepcion joined force with Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Gregg Marasigan and Laurence Macapagal in winning the boys’ 11-12 200m freestyle relay gold medal.

“The PSL has been the eye opener to many. It is something that they do not see that a grassroots development process is something that is basic in producing good athletes,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

The silver medal winners were Abina (50m freestyle), Lozada (50m freestyle), Trisha Oliveros (50m butterfly and 100m backstroke), the girls’ 13-14 200m freestyle relay of Jesreel Francisco, Gianna Data, Aisha Ormeo and Alic Dela Cruz, boys’ 15-over 200m freestyle relay of Abina, Jeffrey Hirao, Martin Jacob Pupos and Nathan Cheng, and the girls’ 15-over 200m freestyle relay squad of Data, Oliveros, Shella Ocampo and Tricia Capistrano.

Gaining bronze medals were Concepcion (50m freestyle), Oliveros (50m freestyle), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8 years 50m freestyle), Malapitan (50m freestyle), the boys’ 13-14 200m freestyle relay of Concepcion, Inaki Emil Lorbes, Ethan Lorenzo Perez and John Mar Armocilla, boys’ 8-under 200m freestyle relay of Lozada, Marc Bryan Dula, Rafael Lentejas 3rd and Wilse Jude Azarcon, and the girls’ 11-12 200m freestyle relay team of Francisco, Ocampo, Georr Briones and Pia Isabela Loy.

“We see good swimmers in our team who have better times than Jasmine Alkhaldi during her age in 2003. The Philippine Sports Commission Chairman is welcome to attend our competitions to witness how good our swimmers are,” ended Papa.

Besides Papa, PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa and Secretariat Head Guia Llaguno, the other members of the delegation are coaches Alex Papa, Marlon Dula, Joey Andaya, Vicky Soguilon, Joan Mojdeh and Mojd Mojdeh.

The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.

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