Promising tankers Tom Aubrey, Michael Lozada, Kyla Soguilon and Martin Jacob Pupos smashed records in their respective age groups on the opening day of the 70th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as the 2014 Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championships at the Diliman Preparatory School in Quezon City.
Aubrey topped the girls’ 7 years 50-meter butterfly by submitting 42.81 seconds and surpassing the 42.84 old mark of Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh while Soguilon registered 37.03 seconds in the girls’ 9 years 50m backstroke to erase her previous record of 38.03 seconds.
Sharing the spotlight was Lozada who checked in at 41.40 seconds in the boys’ 8 years 50m backstroke, beating the 44.43-second of Lance Cruz while Pupos dominated the boys’ 200m Individual Medley in 2:18.65, better than the 2:19.34 old record of Gian Berino.
“We are conducting tryouts for Universiade one and a half years ahead of time to prepare the swimmers. Every qualified swimmer earns the right to participate on her/his own. They are chosen fairly and squarely. No politics. No favoritism. The process is open to all. This is the integrity of the PSL,” said former senator Nikki Coseteng.
Also winning gold medals were Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 8), Inaki Emil Lorbes (boys’ 13), Daryl Concepcion (boys’ 12), Paul Christian Cusing (boys’ 14) and Angelica Medrano (girls’ 14).
“We are ready to go to the Universiade in July. To give our swimmers the chance of a lifetime to participate and witness the grandeur and pageantry of the Universiade as we have done since 2011 in China and 2013 in Russia. An experience they will never forget in their lifetime,” added PSL President Susan Papa.
The other gold medalists were Jeffrey Hirao, Isis Arnaldo, Rizalino Cortez III, Jennuel De Leon, Carlos Arenas, Drew Magbag, Darwin Tumaneng, Edrian Laureta, Beatrice Mejillano, Joseph Arca, Aalia Espejo, Gian Nunez, Mae Rodgers, Trisha Oliveros, Mara Hilado, Carl Bormate, John Armocilla, Jan Kyle Mendoza, Eya Tumbokon, Georr Briones, Franz Joves, Rome Corpuz, Juliana Lirio and Joanne De Castro.
The PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines. It has the longest running swimming grassroots development program in the country. The PSL is also an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.