Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon led the record-breakers on the opening day of the 80th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the Vice Mayor Isko Moreno Top 16 Long Course Swimming Meet on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Vito Cruz, Manila.
Soguilon, a Sun Yat Sen School Kalibo standout, registered five new records in the girls’ 10 years – 100-meter freestyle (1:08.83), 100m backstroke (1:19.47), 100m breaststroke (1:31.31), 100m butterfly (1:15.21) and 200m Individual Medley (2:45.73).
Also nailing new marks were Indian Ocean All Star Challenge multi-gold medalists Stephen Guzman of Diliman Preparatory School and Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas, and Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy.
Guzman broke records in the boys’ 10 years 100m freestyle (1:07.00), 100m backstroke (1:22.46) and 100m butterfly while Zamora smashed the boys’ 14 years 100m freestyle (57.06) and 50m butterfly (27.90).
Dula, on the other hand, dominated the boys’ years 100m backstroke via a record-breaking 1:33.53 showing.
“We’re overwhelmed seeing these kids break records from time to time. It only means na nag-iimprove talaga ang mga bata. Yung experience na na-gain nila sa international competitions, nagagamit nila sa local tournaments kaya parang napakadali na lang sa kanila na maka-break ng records,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Winning gold medals in their respective events were Micaela Jasmine, Mojdeh, Martin Jacob Pupos, Aalia Jaire Espejo, Ferdinand Ian Trinida, Marcus Faytaren, Chloe Fabic, Gregg Marasigan, Paula Cusing, Felice Alexis Reyes, Nigel Romey, Jesreel Francisco, Rizalino Cortez, Kara Colaste, Jerard Jacinto and Carmenrose Matabuena.
Also earning golds were Chelsea Pastolero, Gian Carlo Banas, Hanna Sales, Morie Pabalan, Rafael Lentejas 3rd, Aubrey Tom, Finn Jason Lock, Jennuel De Leon and Lee Grant Cabral.
The other medalists were Carl Pat¬rick Bormate, Paul Christian King Cu¬sing, Angelica Mae Medrano, Isabel Estacio, Adrienne Macapagal, Aliana Bequillo, Timothy Bernal, Gabriel Reyes, Kyle Pua, Patricia Aguilar, Mar¬ga Estacio, Gianna Data, Sean Mala¬chi Enero, Louie Cesdorio, Leichelle Buenaventura and Aubrey Ybanez.
The 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).