Dominican College of Tarlac tankers Nathaniel Ramos and Allaine Capitulo led the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in the Novice Division of the 120th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series Motivational and Novice Swimming Championships held at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Ramos earned 28 points after winning the top honors in the boys’ 14-year category while Capitulo garnered 26 points to bag the MOS trophy in the girls’ 15-over class of the event supported by The Manila Times.
Aliya Flores of Susan Papa Swimming Academy (girls’ 9-year), Elise Mikaella Pelayo of Aklan Swimming Team (girls’ 10-year) and Alan Peter Isla of Rizal Memorial Swimming Club (boys’ 7-year) also topped their respective age bands.
The other MOS winners in the boys’ division were Francisco Crasco III (6-under), John Jeremy Villanueva (8), Luke Ayles (9), Ralph Cedric Rosario (10), Red Desiderio (11), Jarell Vincent Fababier (12), Miel Gagolingan (13) and Sean Gabriel Presto (15-over).
Winning MOS trophies in girls’ class were Arwen Sky Nilo (6-under), Nuche Veronica Ibit (7), Ma. Adella Lois Jandayan (8), Ashley Antonia Bacera (11), Machang Cungca (12), Renalyn Catologan (13) and Angel Marie Mendoza (14).
“These Novice swimmers are the future of Philippine swimming. All the good swimmers not only in the country but even Olympic medalists started as novice swimmers. It’s a step-by-step program and this is just the beginning of their swimming career. I am looking forward to see them in future competitions,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Reigning Swimmers of the Year Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Marc Bryan Dula, Palarong Pambansa two-time Most Bemedalled Female Swimmer Kyla Soguilon as well as Cusing siblings Paula Carmela and Paul Christian are products of the grassroots development program of PSL.
“Right now, these tankers are winning gold medals in different international competitions such as in Japan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand,” added Papa.