Young talents shine at PSL-Magnolia Novice Meet

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Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa with team champion coaches Edwin Valdez, Willy Pelongco and Lauro Duenas and the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees during the PSLMagnolia Novice Meet awarding ceremony.

Twenty-six young tankers were named Most Outstanding Swimmers in the Philippine Swimming League-Magnolia Novice Meet at the Fleet Marines Naval Swimming Pool in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

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The winners in the girls’ division were Franchesca Borlain, 5 years old, Nicole Camacho (6), Angela Barcelona (7), Kyla Languna (8), equally winners Marissa Dancel and Kyle Dhea Gabalfin (9), Marika Chancey Causaren (10), Shelimi Ruz and Larissa Isabel Aynera (11), Rizamy Ruz (12), Jana Cassandra Laurian (13), Ameliza Ruz (14), Nicole Ramos (15), Leslie Vital (16) and Faye Vital (17).

The standouts in the boys’ division were Manu Juliene Ugaban (4), Joey del Rosario (6), Carlos Joaquin Arenas (7), Rafael Celso Oriondo (8), Rizalino Cortez III (9), Denzelle Matthew Empeynado (10), Andre Bonus (11), Carlos Javier Arenas (12), Mark Jhon Paul Chuca (13), Ronniel David (14), Alfred Conda (15), Harvey Rinoza (16) and Ceazar John Pineda (17).

“We want to see them to be like Paula Cayanan and Sean Terence Zamora who are now junior record holders of the Philippines after four years of hard work through the PSL grassroots development program,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

“It takes a lot of sacrifice, not only for the swimmers, but also for the coaches and parents to go to the next level. You can’t achieve success overnight,” Papa said.

She said the PSL will continue the novice program to encourage and motivate the young swimmers “to continue swimming until they reach the category A and B of American standard time.”

”We want also to help the government for creating a healthy citizenry and healthy nation, by putting these young swimmers under our grassroots developmental program,” Papa said.

The Cavite Sailfish of coach Edwin Valdez won the overall title and the P3,000 cash prize. The Fleet Marines of coach Willy Pelongco was second (P2,000) and the Mabalacat City Flying Barracuda of coach Lauro Duenas, third (P1,000).

“The PSL is doing great work. They are volunteers who do not get tired, and we see the passion on the head and staff of PSL. That’s the reason why we continually support them,” said Fleet Marines team manager Arlene Palces.

The next PSL tournament will be on June 28 to 29, with the staging of the 5th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Cup at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila.

The PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.

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