• Young tanker Evangelista shines in PSL novice meet

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    Record-breaker Aishel Cid Evangelista of Aquaspeed Sailfish (center) displays his medals with Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa (right) and Aquaspeed Sailfish coach Ryan Robles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Record-breaker Aishel Cid Evangelista of Aquaspeed Sailfish (center) displays his medals with Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa (right) and Aquaspeed Sailfish coach Ryan Robles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Aquaspeed Sailfish standout Aishel Cid Evangelista copped three gold medals highlighted by a record-breaking feat in the boys’ 6-under of the 99th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series Novice and Motivational Swimming Championship on Saturday at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.

    Evangelista submitted one minute and 40.84 seconds in the 100-meter Individual Medley, smashing the 1:44.44 three-year-old mark of Meynard Geoff Marcelino in the tournament supported by The Manila Times.

    Evangelista continued his remarkable showing as he claimed two more gold medals in the 50m backstroke (48.22 seconds) and 50m butterfly (48.95 seconds) to underscore his bid of claiming the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in his age band.

    “We’re just on our first phase of the competition and we’ve already saw a number of talented swimmers. We’re looking for more as the competition goes on. More than 600 swimmers are competing in this edition,” said PSL President Susan Papa.

    Winning two gold medals in their respective events were Triza Tabamo in girls’ 9-year 100m IM (1:31.51) and 50m butterfly (36.37); Kyra Torio in girls’ 10-year 100m IM (1:30.21) and 50m butterfly (37.73); Alyzza Palermo in girls’ 11-year 100m IM (1:25.62) and 50m butterfly (36.62); Ysabele Men­droz in girls’ 12-year 100m IM (1:22.03) and 50m butterfly (34.45); Aliana Bequillo in girls’ 13-year 100m IM (1:25.92) and 50m butterfly (39.31); Jim Romualdo in boys’ 8-year 100m IM (1:41.59) and 50m butterfly (49.19); Rodjohn Cuasay in boys’ 9-year 100m IM (1:30.25) and 50m butterfly (40.89); and Alexandra Lagus in girls’ 15-over 100m IM (1:28.63) and 50m butterfly (39.68).

    Also earning gold medals were Sydney Henry (girls’ 6-under 100m IM, 2:02.09), Chelsea Pastolero (girls’ 7-year 100m IM, 1:46.12), Nicole Camacho (girls’ 8-year 100m IM, 1:38.93), Felice Alexis Reyes (girls’ 14-year 100m IM, 1:19.17), Gian Carlo Banas (boys’ 7-year 100m IM, 1:49.84), Benjamin Gonzales (boys’ 10-year 100m IM, 1:31.06), Gabriel Patag (boys’ 11-year 100m IM, 1:28.21), Kyle Torlo (boys’ 12-year 100m IM, 1:18.99), Zachie Gallegos (boys’ 13-year 100m IM, 1:19.03), Marione Bercelon (boys’ 14-year 100m IM, 1:10.75) and Alfred Conda (boys’ 15-over 100m IM, 1:07.02).

    The other gold medalists were Arbeen Thruelen, Rowena De Guz­man, Jamil Creado, Portia Belo, Riannah Fernando, Micaela Dula, Reign Magnaye, Lorraine Lagrisola, Andrei Masipag, Bernard Santos, Jed Aquino, Stefhanie Sanchez, Trei Agoto, Reign Matawaran, Messiah Valdez, Aezalhea Calara, Zam Ma­ra­sigan, Gayle Dumalaog, Alyza Balle­za, Arvin Dacumos, Mark Martinez, Ryan Pamintuan, Amiel Lantican, Kyle Roldan, Alexandra Rejuso, Jeanne Bongotan, Vince Hernandez, Trei Agoto and Kyle Gruta.

    The tournament serves as qualifying for international tournaments such as the SSC Midget Meet in Singapore, Tokyo Invitational Swimming Championship in Japan and the Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship in Thailand.

    PSL is a national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines—the internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.

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