Marikina’s Aubrey Tom and Aklan’s Michael Gabriel Lozada grabbed 10 gold medals each in record fashion to lead the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees in Class A and B of the 70th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as the 2014 Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championships at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.
Tom dominated the girls’ 7 years 200m and 100m IM; 50m back, fly breast and free; and 25m back, fly, breast and free while Lozada ruled the boys’ 8 years 200m and 100m IM; 50m back, fly breast and free; and 25m back, fly, breast and free.
“It’s such a wonderful feeling to see swimmers improve tremendously. Senator Nikki gave away 1,289 medals and 72 Most Outstanding Swimmer trophies. More than 600 swimmers showed up and I have never seen as many swimmers like this in a competition,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Joining Tom and Lozada in the spotlight are Sun Yat Sen School-Aklan’s Kyla Soguilon and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta’s Martin Jacob Pupos. Soguilon had record-breaking feats in the girls’ 9 years event, while Pupos ruled the boys’ 16 years category.
The other MOS winners were Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (8), Beatrice Mejillano (10), Aalia Espejo (11), Felice Alexis Reyes (12), Mae Rodgers (13), Angelica Mae Medrano (14), Naomi Corpuz (15), Trisha Oliveros (16) and Mara Hilado (17-over) for girls and Darwin Tumaneng (17-over), Carl Bormate (15), Paul Christian Cusing (14), Inaki Emil Lorbes (13), Daryl Concepcion (12), Edrian Laureta (11), Rizalino Cortez III (10), Jennuel De Leon (9) and Carlos Arenas (7) for boys.
There are 12 record-breakers in the tournament led by Tom Lozada, Soguilon and Pupos. The other record breakers were Mojdeh, Concepcion, Lorbes, Cortez, Arenas, De Leon, Arnaldo Isis and Andrew Bennet Magbag.
“Our grassroots development program works. The swimmers are enjoying the competition especially when they’re receiving their medals in the victory podium,” added Papa.
The other gold medalists were Andrea Pacheco, Marc Bryan Dula, Carl Patrick Bormate, Andre Abacahin, Kio Abacahin and Noemi Corpuz.
The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.