• The thrill of PSL’s victory in Singapore

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    SUSAN PAPA

    SUSAN PAPA

    The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) won for the fourth straight time the overall team challenge trophy of the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC). It was the fifth overall Singapore Invitational title won by the PSL.

    The SICC is one of the prestigious and state-of-the-art swimming facilities in Singapore—the home of Rio Olympics gold medalist Joseph Isaac Schooling.

    There were 63 swimmers chosen by the PSL to defend its title in the meet.

    The preparation was done six months before the tournament.

    One of the swimmers was Sean Terence Zamora, a 15-year-old University of Sto. Tomas student. Zamora underwent training at the Aqualife Somerset Training Center in Perth, Australia.

    The following are the age-group records of Schooling at the SICC in comparison with the records of PSL tankers.

    Zamora surpassed all the records of Schooling in 50m backstroke, 28.97 against Schooling 29.48, in 100m butterfly 1:01.27, against 1:02.16 of Schooling, and in 200m individual medley, 2:16.75 against Schooling’s 2:21.17.

    Zamora won in record fashion six individual gold medals.

    Another PSL swimmer, 11-year-old Kyla Soguilon of Sun Yet Sen School, Kalibo, Aklan won five gold, one silver and broke three meet records.

    Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Parañaque won three gold, two silver and one bronze.

    Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy of Parañaque won five gold and broke three meet records while Gian Daniel Berino of University of the Philippines won two gold, three silver and broke one meet record.

    Seven PSL swimmers were declared Most Outstanding Swimmers namely Zamora, Soguilon, Aubrey Tom, Jerard Dominic Jacinto, Jazmine Francheska Mirasol, Master Charles Janda and Joey Del Rosario.

    The total medals won by PSL were 79 gold, 58 silver and 41 bronze with a total of 22 meet records broken by Zamora, Tom, Jacinto, Soguilon, Janda, Dula, Bermejo, Berino, Estelle Margaret Mendez, Charize Juliana Esmero and Nicolai Chiong.

    The swimmers from Mindanao also performed feats. Bermejo won three gold, three silver and broke one meet record. Chiong had one gold, five silver and established one meet record. Zhakira Eybriel Idulsa got one gold while Gene Heart Quiambao bagged one gold and two bronze.

    The swimmers from Diliman Preparatory School of Sen. Nikki Cose­teng also contributed to the medal haul. Lee Grant Cabral won one gold, Paul Christian King Cusing copped one gold, two silver and three bronze, Albert Sermonia had one bronze while Asejiah McKiro Agbanlog, Antoine McKenzie Agbanlog and Shane Erica Majimbun contributed two gold and one bronze apiece.

    All PSL swimmers were overjoyed learning that they emerged as the champion team, and I saw everybody taking pictures left and right.

    The older tankers were hugging the younger swimmers some as young as six years old.

    I salute all 63 swimmers that competed in the meet namely Antoine McKenzie Agbanlog, Asejiah McKiro Agbanlog, Sean Hadriel Agustin, Ethan Kyle Apigo, Isis Arnaldo, Isabel Baclig, Euleah Daphne Ann Balili, Sophia Anne, Barcelo, Maria Francesca Barretto, Gerard Daniel Berino, Gian Daniel Berino, Aubrey Sheian Bermejo, Bernadette Cabatian, Lee Grant Cabral, Macky Anjelo Carbonell, Maria Annejanette Carbonell, Matthew Aaron Carbonell, Janina Beatrice Casado, Nicolai Chiong, Jose Rommel Corpuz, Paul Christian King Cusing, Gianna Millen Data, Joey Del Rosario, Trezcia Dorado, Marc Bryan Dula, Rafael Jon Escalona, Rolando Domingo Escalona 3rd, Charize Juliana Esmero, Raehanna Rhodebel Gargullo, Roger Dante Giron, Zhakira Eybriel Idulsa, Jerard Dominic Jacinto, Master Charles Janda, Lowenstein Julian Lazaro, Sofia Beatriz Lopez, Trump Christian Luistro, Adrienne Laurence Macapagal, Namahig Asa Mahiwo, Shane Erica Majimbun, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Gregg Alexander Marasigan, Estelle Margaret Mendez, Jazmine Francheska Mirasol, Joaquin Federico Mirasol, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marielle Charlize Montenegro, Tida Lana Graciana Narciso, Alexandra Pascua, Gene Heart Quiambao, Luis Inigo Ramirez, Stacy Annika Regala, Alexandra Marie Rejuso, Kenshin Howell Rejuso, Louise Orlane Reyes, Orlando Luis Reyes, Albert Sermonia 2nd, Kyla Soguilon, Sabrina Denise Solosa, Triza Haileyana Tabamo, Aubrey Tom, Alfonso Gabriel Torrico, Angela Claire Torrico, and Luis Joaquin Ventura and Sean Terence Zamora.

    After the grueling two-day meet, the swimmers were happy to visit tourist spots among them Sentosa, Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion and Esplanade. The others decided to visit Lego Land in Malaysia.

    This is our fifth Championship and I can’t wait for the next year, praying that our sixth championship would also be a success.

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