Tankers Zamora, Echavez cop PSL President’s Trophies

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Loren Dale Echavez of University of San Carlos and Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas hoist their PSL President’s Trophies. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Loren Dale Echavez of University of San Carlos and Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas hoist their PSL President’s Trophies. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Loren Dale Echavez of University of San Carlos bagged the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President’s Trophy after earning the highest International Swimming Federation (FINA) points during the 72nd PSL Leg Series hosted by the Susan Papa Swim Academy and Diliman College.

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Zamora, 14, registered 56.25 seconds in the boys’ 100-meter freestyle to get 548 points.

“There is no formal national training pool program. The age difference of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte is 14 years, half of their ages, and so with Amaury Leaveaux the world record holder at age 30 in 100m freestyle. We see a lot of potentials in Zamora,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

Echavez has a total of 620 FINA points.

“They don’t have the elite national training pool program yet. They are young grassroots swimmers. The heads in sports must not focus on POC-NSA athletes only. The heads are focused only on elite whom they can send in next big event and recruit Filipino foreign athletes. There is no grassroots,” added Papa.

The other PSL grassroots swimmers who got respectable FINA points were Drew Bennet Magbag (100m breast, 542 points), Martin Jacob Pupos (100m fly, 512), Samuel Gregory Ongjoco (100m fly, 533), Charize Esmero (100m back, 534) and Angelica Medrano (100m free, 519).

“The POC-NSA in swimming is sending wrong information or wrong message to other swimmers that do not belong to the NSA, that they will not be able to go to the SEA Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games.

“Of course that is not true, if ever PSL swimmers in the future can achieve the Olympic Standard, we will fight to the end. This is what PSC and POC must start to look into and start to investigate. To be good sports leader, they must immediately call and invite the concerned parties like PSL that will fix conflicts existing for a long time. It is about time because we now develop our swimmers,” stressed Papa.

The PSL now gears up for big international competitions bring its swimmers to a new level.

“Swimming will continue to sink if PSC and POC will not look into the matter and if POC will follow and tolerate old system of choosing national athletes which is by membership. They must do something to change the system, as we are now coming up in developing good swimmers.

“More coaches, parents and swimmers themselves are knowledgeable and time has changed. Now they are much informed of what PSL can offer and that is the Universiade which is the largest international competition after Olympics,” Papa said.

“Therefore we all can sit down and address the conflicts and stay away from legal battles,” she ended.

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