Veteran international campaigners Aubrey Tom of International Learning Academy of Cainta and Albert Sermonia 2nd of Diliman Preparatory School spearheaded the list of record-breakers in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 102nd National Series held at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Tom, who recently bagged a couple of Most Outstanding Swimmer awards in Singapore, topped the girls’ 9-year 100m Individual Medley in 1:20.72, smashing the 1:20.87 old mark of multi-titled tanker Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh.
For his part, Sermonia submitted 2:48.97 in the boys’ 11-year 200m IM to erase the 2:51.53 old mark of Jordan Lobos in 2014.
Richelle Anne Callera and Alexandra Rejuso also broke records in their respective events in the tournament supported by The Manila Times.
Callera got the gold in the girls’ 6-under 25m backstroke via a 22.18-second showing, besting the 22.47 previous record of Mojdeh in 2013 while Rejuso dominated the girls’ 7-year 25m backstroke in 21.47 seconds, toppling the 22.05 old mark also established by Mojdeh in the same year.
Mojdeh, an Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque standout now campaigning in the girls’ 10-year category, stamped her class in the 100m IM with a time of 1:16.50 so as Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, who ruled the boys’ 9-year 50m backstroke in 38.57 seconds.
Also snatching gold medals were Kyla Soguilon, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Angela Torrico, Lee Grant Cabral, Paula Carmela Cusing, Felice Alexis Reyes, Rigel Hechanova, Antonie Agbanlog. Jeffrey Hirao, Francesca Barreto, Tara Beard, Trump Christian Luistro, Master Charles Janda,, Angelica Mae Medrano, Kyle Gruta, Ehm Alavy-Chafi and Gian Carlo Banas.
Meanwhile, PSL President Susan Papa and Regional Director Joan Mojdeh along with the PSL community composed of swimmers, coaches and parents held a vigil “to implore the intervention of divine providence” to the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) headed by its Secretary General Graham Lim.
“We bring Graham Lim and FESSAP before you today. Through our lighted candles and in Jesus name, we break the evil ways in Graham Lim’s life and in FESSAP’s activities. As these candles burn with visible fire, may Graham Lim and FESSAP, with the help of Your grace, be enlightened by the invisible fire of the splendor of the Holy Spirit, and may they be free from all blindness of sin,” according to the PSL prayer.
“Clarify their minds so that they may see what is pleasing to You and conducive to their salvation. Fill them with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
“Father God, your word also says that You are the light and there is no darkness in You. Believing in your word and in faith. We, the members of the Philippine Swimming League family pray that You accept our candles and let the light of the truth guide us to Your kingdom. Inflame our hearts with your grace, keep us in the warmth of your loving protection and help us live in faith that we will defeat darkness with light,” the prayer ended.