Promising talents Kyla Soguilon and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh broke records in their respective events to lead the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in the 68th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as 1st Mayor Roderick Alcala Swimming Challenge held at the Ouan’s The Farm Resort in Lucena City.
Soguilon submitted new records in the girls’ 9 years 100-meter Individual Medley (IM) in one minute and 21.83 seconds, besting the 1:26.50 old mark, and the 50m freestyle in 33.65 seconds, surpassing the 33.68 previous time. She also registered records in the 50m butterfly (36.57) and 50m backstroke (37.93).
Mojdeh, a veteran of international tournaments in South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand, dominated the girls’ 7 years 100m IM (1:31.97) and 50m breaststroke (49.41) in record fashion.
“Ninety six swimmers were awarded Most Outstanding swimmers boys and girls making the event the most number of awardees. A lot of young swimmers are happy, it encourage me more seeing smiles on their face as well as to coaches and parents,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The MOS winners in the boys’ category were Rafael Lentejas III and Ythnmthw Orellana (6); Marc Bryan Dula, Joey del Rosario and Dwayniel Revelar (7); Ivan Ferrer, Julian Perez and Seraphim Tamani (8); John Danez, Yohan Cabana and Goran Manzo (9); Rio Malapitan, Geshan Toca, Emmanuel Hernandez and Julio Garcia (10); Jordan Lobos, Robert Pureza and Yoshimichi Maruo (11); Ian Trinidad, John Diaz, Mervier Mirandilla and Priam Jauod (12); Inaki Emil Lorbes, Alexis Manarin, Ethan Perez and Recs Agustin (13); Jeshrun Tena, Akira Maruo, Lancelot Abadia, and John Abadia (14); Bryan Camacho, Thomas Mueller and Rafter Alimagno (15); Angelo Lazo (16); and Alton De Luna, Aldrick Formaran and Henry Calma (17).
Topping the girls class were Aidepp De Luna and Princess Virrey (6); Grace Pangilinan, Fosmer Yambao and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (7); Danae Dessa, Jade Sarmiento and Enya Mercurio (8); Kyla Soguilon, Francesca Doctor, Emilya Torres and Alecsandra Rivera (9); Lourize Wangkay and Hannah Ataza (10); Christine De Luna, Marie Fabian, Genelly Orpiada and Bernice Magtibay (11); Grace Pangilinan, Shelimi Ruz and Juliane Gaerlan (12); Rein Labay, Bella Magtibay, Maria Del Moro and Reana Tongol (13); Thrixia Dimapilis and Joyceline Danez (14); Ameliza Ruz and Nheliza Bautista (15); and Almira Villapando, Jackelyn Calvadores and Arlyn Arcadio (17).
The Quezon Killerwhales bagged the overall title and took home the P5,000 cash prize while the Bluewaves Swim Team placed second for P3,000 and the Fleet Marines Swim Team wound up third for P2,000.
“Our motto, Excellence in Body and Mind, is in parallel to FISU’s objective. PSL wants swimmers to come together from different regions in a spirit of righteousness among coaches, swimmers and parents to be fair and just in their actions,” added Papa.