Palarong Pambansa multi-gold medalist Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yat Sen Kalibo and Philippine junior record holder Jerard Dominic Jacinto of University of the East led the list of record-breakers in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 97th National Series – Top 16 Swimming Championship on Saturday at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
Soguilon, the reigning Female Swimmer of the Year and Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year, dominated the girls’ 11-year 50m backstroke in 32.72 seconds, breaking the 34.06 old mark of Charize Esmero in 2014.
The Kalibo, Aklan wondergirl sustained her impressive showing in the 200m Individual Medley as he registered 2:32.56, smashing the 2:38.26 also owned by Esmero in 2014.
Jacinto, the currently national record holder in the boys’ 100m backstroke, topped the 15-year 50m backstroke in 27.55 seconds, eclipsing the 29.14-second former mark of Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora in 2015.
Also nailing new marks were Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy (boys’ 9-year 100m butterfly, 1:25.12), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque (girls’ 10-year 100m butterfly, 1:16.20) and Angela Claire Torrico of Joey Andaya Seagulls (girls’ 10-year 200m IM, 2:47.98).
The other record-breakers were Esmero (girls’ 13-year 200m freestyle, 2:18.93), Christen Mercado (boys’ 16-over 50m backstroke, 28.35), Yuri Acidre (boys’ 8-year 100m butterfly, 1:27.82), Terrence Xavier Delvo (boys’ 11-year 200m freestyle, 2:32.84), Isis Arnaldo (girls’ 11-year 50m breaststroke, 37.79) and Eirik Judiel Rivera (boys’ 10-year 200m freestyle, 2:36.03).
“It’s overwhelming to see these kids break records from time to time. It shows that they are improving so fast and we’re happy to see them grow,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Winning gold medals on Saturday were Drew Benett Magbag, Aalia Jaire Espejo, Paul Christian King Cusing, Gian Daniel Berino, Aubrey Tom, Joey Del Rosario, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Marcus Faytaren, Lowenstein Julian Lazaro, Lucio Cuyong 2nd, Estelle Margaret Mendez, Jux Keaton Solita and Carmenrose Matabuena.
Securing gold medals in their respective events were Kim Bangca, Trizia Tabamo, Kyla Managuelod, Erika Flamiano, Julia Mapa, Luis Ventura, Prince Legaspi, Maria Hugo, Trinity Borason, Judiel Buna, Timothy Bernal, Beatrice Mejillano, Euleah Balili, Kaye Solita, Jose Corpuz, Orlando Reyes, Zab Eugenio, Hanna Sales, Jasper Benigla, Charles Janda, Gabby Sadol, Richelle Callera, Saira Pabellon, Zildjian Villamor, Kyla Managuelod, Kristiana Sampang, Celyn Parco, Karl Pastoril, Aristeo Marquez, Francesca Barreto, Aldin Montalban, Lee Grant Cabral and Chelsea Pastolero.
More than 50 participated in the competition including teams from Kidapawan City, Aklan, Cebu, Cavite, Quezon, Bicol, Laguna, Bacolod, Davao, Oriental Mindoro and National Capital Region.
Two swimmers (one male and one female) with the highest International Swimming Federation (FINA) points will receive the President’s Trophies and P1,500 cash incentive each.
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).