• Ubaldo, Batac break records in PSL 101st National Series

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    Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa with the record-breakers in the PSL 101st National Series Novice and Motivational Swimming Meet. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa with the record-breakers in the PSL 101st National Series Novice and Motivational Swimming Meet. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Promising tankers Marco Isaiah Ubaldo and Inigo Batac spearheaded the list of record-breakers in the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 101st National Series Novice and Motivational Swimming Meet held at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.

    Representing Kalipayan Sailfish, Ubaldo topped the boys’ 8-year 25m butterfly via a record-breaking 22.93-second performance while Batac, a Susan Papa Swim Academy standout, dominated the boys’ 6-under 25m breaststroke in 33.22 seconds.

    Marc Bryan Dula of Weisenheimer Academy, and Ass Villa Mejia tankers Stacey Lianne Traje and Olivia Ocampo registered three records each in their respective age bands of the tournament supported by The Manila Times.

    Dula nailed new marks in the boys’ 9-year 25m butterfly (14.70), 50m butterfly (34.43) and 25m backstroke (18.34) so as Traje in the girls’ 10-year 25m butterfly (19.72), 25m backstroke (19.49) and 25m breaststroke (22.94), and Ocampo in the girls’ 12-year 25m butterfly (17.15), 25m backstroke (19.68) and 25m breaststroke (21.12).

    Breaking two records apiece were Lirisha Limiengco in girls’ 13-year (25m butterfly, 17.43; and 25m breaststroke, 19.75), Angelo Olaguer in boys’ 11-year (boys’ 25m butterfly, 18.43; and 25m breaststroke, 20.22), Kyle Adrian Roldan in boys’ 15-over (25m backstroke, 17.38; and 25m breaststroke, 17.28), Estelle Margaret Mendez in girls’ 7-year (25m butterfly, 19.12; and 25m backstroke, 22,63), Gayle Dumalaog in girls’ 14-year (25m butterfly, 23.46; and 25m backstroke, 22.86), Aishel Cid Evangelista in boys’ 6-under (100m IM, 1:40.28; and 50m backstroke, 46.95), Master Charles Janda in boys’ 7-year (25m butterfly, 19.87; and 25m backstroke, 23.90), and Ethan Legazpi in boys’ 13-year (25m butterfly, 18.09; and 25m backstroke, 19.65).

    “We’re happy to see these kids break records in this competition. We are starting this novice program to continue our search for new talents and potential swimmers. We monitor them, from novice to become regular competitive swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    The other record breakers were Aubrey Tom (girls’ 9-year 25m butterfly), Joey Del Rosario (boys’ 9-year 25m breaststroke), Tara Beard (girls’ 6-under 25m backstroke), Carlynn Caliwara (girls’ 14-year 25m breaststroke), Allysa Cabaitan (girls’ 7-year 25m breaststroke), Arthur Bondoc (boys’ 10-year 25m backstroke), Alyza Balleza (girls’ 15-over 25m butterfly), Mickey So (girls’ 9-year 25m breaststroke), Lord Rian Valdez (boys’ 8-year 25m backstroke), Harold De la Llana (boys’ 13-year 25m breaststroke), Samantha Inkee (girls’ 9-year 25m backstroke), Jacob Ethan Gapultos (boys’ 7-year 25m breaststroke) and Jude Austine Gapultos (boys’ 6-under 25m butterfly).

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