Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School’s Kyla Soguilon and British School of Manila’s Heather White copped five gold medals each to lead the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awardees in the Elite Category (Class A and B) of the 84th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series Swimming Championship held at the Aklan Provincial Sports Complex in Makato, Aklan.
Soguilon, the reigning Philippine Female Junior Athlete of the Year and PSL Female Swimmer of the Year, had an awesome showing after ruling the girls’ 10 years 50-meter butterfly (34.09) and 50m backstroke (35.43) in record fashion then also bagged gold medals in the 200m Individual Medley, 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke.
The eight-year-old White, on the other hand, won golds in the 200m IM, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke to pocket the girls’ 8 years MOS trophy in the event supported by The Manila Times.
“We’re not just developing swimmers to become future champions, we also mold their characters because being a champion is not just about strength. And we are happy that these kids are moving towards the right path through the guidance of the Philippine Swimming League,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Also bagging MOS trophies in their respective age groups were Michael Gabriel Lozada (boys’ 8), Georjeana Deb Plenago (girls’ 9), Rython Garcia (boys’ 9), Jennuel Booh De Leon (boys’ 10), Lyssa Marie Enero (girls’ 11), Johann Christian Abogadie (boys’ 11), Sidley Rose Nicholei
Malumay (girls’ 12), Lucio Cuyong 2nd (boys’ 12), Atilla Pia Isabela Loy (girls’ 13), Carl Wilfred Adones (boys’ 13), Franchino Milano Aplaon (boys’ 14), Rose Mary Occeno (girls’ 15-over) and Michael Novem Jarder (boys’ 15-over).
“It’s our job to identify talents and at the same time help them improve, give them proper exposure and guide them both physically and mentally to achieve excellence in the sport that they love,” PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa said.
“And we chose to be here in the Western Visayas Region as we believe that this region has a lot of talented swimmers. A lot of swimmers from Visayas were able to participate in the 2015 Summer World University Games last July and we want these blessed swimmers to share their Universiade experiences to the young ones,” she added.
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).