University of Santo Tomas standout Sean Terence Zamora broke two national junior records on the opening day of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 59th Leg Series dubbed as the 5th Coseteng Swim Cup at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila.
The 13-year-old Zamora checked in at two minutes and 19.44 seconds in the boys’ 200-meter Individual Medley to surpass the 12-year-old national junior mark of Michaelmars Danila (2:19.85) registered in Palawan in 2002.
Zamora got a P3,000 cash reward.
“The swimmers and coaches are inspired and motivated. We will bring them to international competitions with free airfare and accommodation. And every National record they break, we are giving them incentives. P8,000 for national and P3,000 for junior national record,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Zamora shared the spotlight with McTracy John Alindogan of Angeles University Foundation in the boys’ 50-meter backstroke of the tournament supported by Magnolia.
They submitted a similar time of 30.08 seconds, to erase the 31.00 national junior mark of Banjo Borja posted in the 29th Southeast Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships held in Brunei, Darussalam in 2005.
Zamora and Alindogan, however, split the P3,000 cash incentive.
Former Senator Nikki Coseteng hailed the achievement of the swimmers. “It is indeed a pleasure to help the PSL organization. Every competition, you see swimmers improved. Now PSL swimmers are going for the national records. What a transformation in swimming. You see swimmers outside of the National Sports Association improving without government financial support,” Coseteng said.
The PSL awards P8,000 to the national record breakers in senior and P3,000 to the new junior national record holders.
The competition also serves as the final tryout for National Capital Region (NCR) bets for the prestigious World Summer University Games to be held in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015.
Besides the World University Games, the PSL will also select swimmers for future international competitions including the Royal Bangkok Meet later this year in Thailand.
PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to International Sports University Federation.
After the NCR tryout, the PSL goes to Iloilo on July 5 to 6 to select swimmers from the Western Visayas Region.