• PSL’s Dula cops three gold medals, notches new record in Perth tourney

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    Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy swimming the backstroke leg of the 200m Individual Medley. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy swimming the backstroke leg of the 200m Individual Medley. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    PERTH, Australia: Veteran international campaigner Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy bounced back on day three with three gold medals and one new record in the prestigious 2016 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge at the Challenge Stadium here.

    Dula, a Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee in the Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship, beat the record in the boys’ 9-year 200m freestyle with his sterling two-minute, 55.69-second showing, erasing the 3:13.40 old mark of Germany’s Lachlan French last year.

    The nine-year-old tanker raised his gold-medal haul to four by winning the 200m Individual Medley (3:10.84) and 100m butterfly (1:28.41) events. He grabbed his first mint on Day 2 in the 50m butterfly.

    Eight more golds were added to the country’s medal collection including two coming Sent from my iPhone

    Paul Christian King Cusing (boys’ 15-year 200m butterfly, 2:41.38), Lucio Cuyong 2nd (boys’ 11-12 50m breaststroke,37.21), Ferdinand Ian Trinidad (boys’ 13-14 50m breaststroke, 36.24), Albert Sermonia (boys’ 11-year 200m butterfly, 3:30.54), Joy Rodgers (girls’ 17-over 50m breaststroke, 35.14), and the girls’ 9-10 200m medley relay and boys’ 9-10 200m medley relay, contributed gold medals.

    Winning silvers were Jux Keaton Solita in boys’ 17-over (200m freestyle and 200m butterfly), Drew Benett Magbag in boys’ 16-year (200m butterfly, 2:37.77), John Gabriel Bucad in boys’ 12-year (200m butterfly, 3:07.52) and Lowestein Julian Lazaro in boys’ 13-year (200m butterfly, 3:22.21).

    The bronze winners were Roger Dante Giron in boys’ 16-year 200m butterfly (2:38.58) and Francis Sherwyn Tan in boys’ 15-year 200m butterfly (3:07.89).

    “We are on track of surpassing our medal haul last year. We still have one more day to go and we are hoping that our swimmers will be going all out on the final stretch of the tournament,” said PSL President Susan Papa, referring to the country’s 41-gold output in the 2015 edition.

    So far, the Philippines has 33 gold, 14 silver and six bronze medals.

    “Hindi kami magsasawang magpasalamat sa Filipino community dito sa Australia for helping us in all our needs. They are truly a blessing for us,” added Papa, who thanked Vicki Wotherspoon and Francis Pisa of Filipino-Australasian Club, Inc.’s (FACI), and Landy Matugas and Brad Matugas of Filipino-Australian Club of Perth, Inc. (FACPI).

    Magbag along with Sean Terence Zamora and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh are aiming to close out the team’s campaign on a high note as they gun for new records in their respective events today beginning at 9 a.m.

    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).

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