University of Santo Tomas standout Sean Terence Zamora made huge waves on the opening day by breaking the record in the boys’ 14 years 200m Individual Medley of the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships being held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool.
Zamora submitted two minutes and 12.40 seconds to win the gold medal and erased the old meet record of 2:14.29. He defeated Hong Kong bets Andy Pich (2:21.78) and Timothy Chui (2:23.52), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
“It was a very good swim for Sean Terence. He’s pumped up and focused. He really wants to prove something here and we’re happy that he made it. It’s a good start for our team and we’re hoping to win more golds in the coming days,” said Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa, who was accompanied by PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
University of the Philippines Integrated School’s Charize Juliana Esmero delivered the first medal – a silver – in the girls’ 10-12 200m IM.
Esmero had 2:38.56 seconds to finish second behind gold medalist Gabrielle Wei of Hong Kong, who registered 2:32.93. Maya Takahashi-Kushner of Singapore bagged the bronze medal (2:43.15).
Four more PSL tankers will debut today as Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Kyla Soguilon and Stephen Guzman as well as Royal Bangkok Meet veteran Roger Dante Giron begins their campaigns in their respective age-bands today.
All eyes will be on Mojdeh as she plunges into action in the girls’ 8 years 100m IM and 50m butterfly while Soguilon takes part in the girls’ 10 years 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly.
Also aiming to earn big cheers are Guzman (boys’ 10 years 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly) and Giron (boys’ 15 years 100m back and 200m butterfly), who will be up against their tall foes.
Also scheduled to compete today are Marie Joe Borres (girls’ 10 years 100m backstroke and 200m breaststroke), Alic Deniel Dela Cruz (girls’ 15 years 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke), Zamora (100m freestyle and 100m backstroke) and Esmero (100m freestyle and 100m backstroke).
“Yung mga kalaban nila, mas matatangkad pa sa kanila. Pero palaban ang mga bata. Wala kaming rest day dahil gusto ng mga bata na preparado sila sa competition,” added Papa.
The PSL went home with eight golds, five silvers and three bronzes in the 2014 edition.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap) – an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).