Record-breakers Charize Esmero and Lance Cruz along with veteran international campaigners Sean Terence Zamora and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh bannered the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) winners in the 72nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg series on Sunday at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Esmero made an impact by earning six golds with five records in the girls’ 12 years while Cruz dominated the boys’ 9 years via an impressive six-gold, two-record showing.
Zamora, the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year, pocketed six golds including two meet records in the boys’ 14 years while Mojdeh, a standout of Immaculate Heart of Mary College, grabbed five golds highlighted by her four new marks in the girls’ 8 years.
“It’s the start of the year and every performance of the swimmers is back to zero. We are now in the process of iden-tifying the potential swimmers for our international competitions this year,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Universiade qualifier Loren Dale Echavez of University of San Carlos (girls’ 17-over), 2014 Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen-Aklan (girls’ 10 years) and Marc Bryan Dula of Susan Papa Swimming Academy (boys’7 years) also grabbed the spotlight as they swept all their six events.
“We are preparing for big international tournaments in Australia, Japan and China as well as in Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. This early, we want to select swimmers for those tournaments,” added Papa.
The other MOS awardees in the Class A-B category were Janine Consul (6-under), Mikyla Guzman and Janelle Blanch (7), Allyza Palermo (9), Franz Emmanuelle Joves (11), Julianne Kaye Solita (13), Patricia Aguilar (14) and Angelica Mae Medrano (15-16) in the girls; and Rafael Lentejas III (6-under), Lee Grant Cabral (8), Stephen Guzman (10), Jose Rommel Corpuz (11), Sean Cruz (12), Daryl Concepcion (13), Drew Benett Magbag (15-16) and Samuel Gregory Ongjoco (17-over) in the boys.
The top swimmers in the Motivational Class were Shaina Joyce Adducil (6-under), Janna Kim Endozo (7), Maria Kerrigan Jacinto (9), Richia Galang (10), Kyra Therese Maipid (11), Jenny Kate Ong (12), Cassandra Hazel Hutchings (13), Cris Ann Carias (14), Sophia Castillo (15) and Rhea Llantino (17-over) in the girls; and Gian Carlo Banas (6-under), John Gabriel Pyles (7), Ethan David Gabriel (9), Nicholas Cifra (10), Rix Dustin Evangelista (11), Lance Lopez (12), Efraim Camacho (13), Arvin Pante (14), Franco Valenzuela (15-16) and Ramon De Marcaida (17-over).
The PSL is the National University Sports Association for Colleges and Universities accredited to Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippinesand internationally affiliated to Federation International Sports University.