Siblings Nigel Anthony Romey and Aron Anthony Romey of Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) led the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awardees in the Philippine Swimming League-Magnolia 66th Leg Series Motivational Meet held at the DPS Swimming Pool in Quezon City.
Nigel Anthony collected 40 points to top the boys’ 12 years category while Aron Anthony got 37 points in winning the boys’ 15 years MOS trophy in the tournament supported by DPS President and former Senator Nikki Coseteng and The Manila Times.
Also winning the MOS in the boys’ class were Blue Laxinto (7 years), Philip James Princillo (8 years), Dwayne Cruz (9 years), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan (10 years), Gabriel Angelo Reyes (11 years), Luis Angelo Manliclic (13 years), Riley Grieco Cruz (14 years) and Excel Alcagno (16 years).
Topping the girls’ division were Aidepp Merriel De Luna (6 under), Aubrey Tom (7 years), Maxine Dalmacio (8 years), Davidica Salaya (9 years), Aya Berenize Pugay (10 years), Aliana Requillo (11 years), Malayalikha Barrios (12 years), Eliza Mae Advincula (13 years), Aubrey Ybanez (14 years) and Ina Marie Pelongco (16 years).
PSL President Susan Papa said all MOS winners have qualified to represent the country in the Royal Bangkok Swim Meet scheduled in November in Thailand.
“We want to expose them in international competitions as early as possible. We want them to realize that their standards must be at international level. They must dream of winning gold medals in an international event, not in local competitions like the Palarong Pambansa,” said Papa.
“It’s one way of motivating our young swimmers. Dream big. Set your goals and we’ll help them achieve it. We are here to develop and guide them,” added the PSL chief.
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.
After the Motivational-Elite meet, the PSL goes to Roxas City in Capiz for the staging of the 66th Leg Series. It will also serve as tryout for the Bangkok tournament.