• Tom, Romey shine in Motivational Meet opener


    Marikina Aqua Bear’s Aubrey Tom and Diliman Preparatory School’s (DPS) Nigel Anthony Romey pocketed two gold medals each on the opening day of the Philippine Swimming League-Magnolia 65th Leg Series Motivational Meet being held at the DPS swimming pool in Quezon City.

    Tom grabbed some spotlight as she registered a new meet record in the girls’ 7 years 25-meter butterfly, checking in at 19.57 seconds to erase the 20.16-second old mark of Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh in 2013.

    Moments later, Tom continued her impressive showing by copping the gold medal in the 25m backstroke in 22.75 seconds, almost breaking the 22.05 output of Mojdeh also in 2013.

    Not to be outdone was Romey who reigned supreme in the boys’ 12 years 50m backstroke (36.53) and 100m Individual Medley (1:24.13) in the two-day meet supported by DPS President Sen. Nikki Coseteng and Magnolia.

    “Seeing these kids break some meet records is already an indication that we’re moving forward and we’re on the right track. We just need to guide and develop them to achieve their goals,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    “It’s difficult to stage a monthly tournament. We need to give medals in each category, trophies to the Most Outstanding Swimmers and champion teams but we’re not getting tired because this is the only way we know to speed up the developmental process in grassroots level,” added Papa.

    Also winning gold medals were Gabriel Reyes, Aeron Sayno, Riley Cruz, Alfred Conda, Marco Alcagno, Jhondy Consul, Jaime Inocencio, Jan Mendoza, Victor Dela Pena, Ronnel Dayrit, Zildjia Telebrico, Marc Siya, Aliana Bequillo, Bernardine Ubina, Eliza Advincula, Aubrey Ybanez, Ina Pelongco, Judielle Robosa, Mae Gawad, Michelle Gutierrez, Patricia Perillo, Martina Villanueva, Graille Adapang, Philip Princillo, Dwayne Cruz, Rio Malapitan, Antonio Bautista, Joaquin Guzman, Roger Lagasca, Monchito Callanta, Glenn Guinto, Aidepp De Luna, Maxine Dalmacio, Davidica Salaya, Aya Pugay, Chelsea Pastolero, Dianne Bada, Gail Inkee, Luisa Barcelona, Niana Cheng, Alyssa Biscocho and Gabriel Reyes.

    “This PSL program is surviving because of our efforts. We’re just volunteers here but to see them improve from time to time, it’s already an achievement for us,” stressed Papa.

    The tournament will serve as basis to select swimmers for the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet scheduled in November in Thailand.


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