HONG KONG: University of Santo Tomas (UST) standout Sean Terence Zamora delivered the country’s first gold medal in the 2014 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool here.
Zamora, an incoming Grade 9 student at UST Pay High School, was fastest in the boys’ 13-14 years 200-meter Individual Medley, submitting a time of two minutes and 17.61 seconds.
Hong Kong’s Nicholas Chan finished second, and Timothy Chui, third.
The 13-year-old Zamora, who won 11 golds in the 2014 Australia Swimming Championships-All Stars Challenge in Perth last month, will be go for more golds in the 200m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 100m breastroke and 100m butterfly.
The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) also got one silver from the boys’ 200m medley relay team composed of Zamora, Christen Mercado of University of the Philippines, Gabriel Guerrero of Denjylie Cordero Swim Team and Raymond Joshua Sevilla of Manila Central University-R3 Sailfish.
They checked in at 1:56.26.
Hong Kong’s Jeremy Cheung, Sean Lam, Eason Chan and Brian Ting claimed the gold medal in 1:55.12.
“It’s a good start for us. The kids are pumped up and ready to show their wares against their foreign counterparts here. They get to see how high the level of the competition is, how strong the participants are,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The 18-year-old Mercado guns for individual medals in the boys’ 17-over 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle while Cape Town Meet gold medalist Kyla Soguilon takes part in the girls’ 9 years 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.
Guerrero tries his luck in the boys’ 14 years 100m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle while Sevilla competes in the boys’ 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke, and 100m butterfly.
The other members of the team are Kobe Soguilon (boys’ 14 years), Grayiel Guerrero (boys’ 13 years), Gaddiel Vicente San Pedro (boys’ 15 years), Mark Lawrence Sevilla (boys’ 9 years) and John Gabriel Bucad (boys’ 10 years).
“Our swimmers are doing their best to earn more medals here. It’s a good opportunity to hone their skills and be at par with these best swimmers in the region. We’re hoping to get more medals in the coming days,” Papa said.
PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa and Marlon Dula are also in the delegation.
PSL has the longest grassroots program in sport and is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.
EMIL C. NOGUERA