HONG KONG: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) continued its remarkable showing by winning three golds, three silvers and two bronzes on the second day of the 2014 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships being held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool here.
Swimming sensation Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas sizzled anew as he copped three more mints in the boys’ 13-14 years class.
Zamora, a consistent medal producer in international scene, proved too much against his rivals in the 100-meter backstroke by submitting one minute and 3.48 seconds, good enough to relegate Nicholas Chan of Hong Kong in the second place (1:06.89) and another Hong Kong tanker Jonathan Cheung in the third position (1:08.25).
Zamora added another feather to his cap as he also ruled the 200m butterfly in 2:17.88 and the 200m backstroke in 2:18.52 to become the top candidate for the Most Outstanding Swimmer in his age-group.
“This kid [Zamora] is really promising. We’ll make sure that we, in the PSL, will guide him to achieve his goals in the future. He still has two more events and we’re hoping that he’ll deliver again,” said Papa.
Reigning University Athletic Association of the Philippines Rookie of the Year Christen Mercado of University of the Philippines chipped in one silver in the boys’ 17-over 100m backstroke (1:02.91) and one bronze in the 100m freestyle (57.16).
Cape Town Swim Meet champion Kyla Soguilon also added one silver and one bronze in the girls’ 9 years category. She placed second in the 50m freestyle (34.46) and third in the 50m butterfly (38.98).
Gabriel Guerrero got the other silver medal after winding up second in the boys’ 13-14 years 100m freestyle in 1:00.05. Jonathan Cheung of Hong Kong in 1:00.04.
Guerrero placed fourth in 200m butterfly (2:35.21) and sixth in 200m Individual Medley.
So far, the Philippines has four golds, four silvers and two bronzes.
Earlier, Zamora dominated the 200m IM while the boys’ 200m medley relay team pocketed a silver.
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).
“It’s important for these young swimmers to experience this kind of competition. It will motivate them to perform well in the next competition that they’ll be joining, be it a local or an international event. They’ll feel the experience of representing our country,” added Papa.
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.