BANGKOK – The Philippines made a spectacular start in the 2013 Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) – Invitational Swimming Championships, winning six gold, six silver and three bronze medals on Saturday.
Palarong Pambansa champion Sean Terrence Zamora and UAAP multi-gold medalist Ma. Claire Adorna led the charge by bagging two gold medals each in their divisions.
Zamora ruled the boys’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle in record-breaking style. He clocked in at 58.48 seconds, eclipsing the 59.61 of Singaporean Michael Zhi Koi registered in 2012.
McTracy Alindogan took the silver in 59.72. Zhong Qing Ang of Singapore won the bronze with 59.86.
Zamora landed his second gold via the 100m butterfly (1:03.62) besting Singapore’s Tang Shaojun (1:04.18) and Zhong (1:07.76).
Adorna, a graduating Sports Science student at University of the Philippines, dominated the girls’ 15-Over 100m freestyle in 1:00.84, beating Sarah Hsu of Hong Kong (1:01.75) and Sidney Smith of Thailand (1:04.19).
Adorna also reigned supreme in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:06.35. Hsu settled for silver anew with 1:07.87 while another Filipina, Jackelyn Calvadorra claimed the bronze (1:11.53).
Emmanuel Joshua Lorbes and Joy Rodgers chipped in one gold each for the Philippine Team sponsored by the Philippine Airlines and the Philippine Swimming League (PSL).
Lorbes ruled the boys’ 15-Over 100m butterfly (1:02.23) against Arin Kiangsiri of Thailand (1:05.27) and Nicholas Soh of Singapore (1:06.36) while Rodgers copped the girls’ 15-Over 50m breaststroke crown (35.42) against Sirapassorn Mahaphanit of Thailand (37.08) and Amy Farrell of Hong Kong (38.77).
“It’s a good start but we’re expecting for more medals as the competition progresses. The kids are well-prepared and motivated,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The other silver medals came from Lorbes (100m freestyle, 1:00.92), Alindogan (50m breaststroke, 34.65), Michael Lozada (boys’ 6-Under 50m breaststroke, 56.65), Lans Rawlin Donato (boys’ 13-14 100m butterfly, 1:04.34) and Ma. Angela Villamil (girls’ 13-14 100m butterfly, 1:14.13) while Zamora (50m breaststroke, 34.91), Villamil (100m freestyle, 1:04.92) and Donato (100m freestyle, 59.09) were the bronze winners.
EMIL C. NOGUERA