Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts Sean Terence Zamora and Charize Juliana Esmero were unstoppable in their respective age-bands as they led the team’s three-gold, three-silver, one-bronze haul on the third day of the 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships being held at the Hong Kong International School swimming pool.
Zamora, the reigning PSL Male Swimmer of the Year, bagged two more gold medals including another record-breaking feat in the boys’ 14 years 200-meter butterfly. He submitted 2:13.02 to erase the 2:14.32 old mark and beat Hong Kong bets Simon Lam (2:15.21) and Nicholas Lim (2:24.15).
Zamora appeared on course for a possible sweep as he ruled the 200m backstroke in 2:13.87, relegating Lim in the second place and Japanese Shunsuke Kinoshita in the third place.
The 5-foot-7 swimming sensation guns for another gold medal in the 100m butterfly on the final day of competition. He earlier topped the 200m Individual Medley, 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle.
“Sean Terence is blessed and very intelligent. You put the two together having wisdom from above and open the eyes that everybody doesn’t see, he becomes blessed athlete. His mindset is in international competition which is good for him,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“One coach asked me, why he’s not in Palarong Pambansa? I simply answered because Sean Terence is smart. I think it sounds better to compete in All Stars Challenge in Australia than in Palaro in Davao,” added Papa.
Charize Juliana Esmero of University of the Philippines Integrated School also notched another record, this time in the 200m backstroke in 2:28.89 – better than the 2:30.31 former mark.
Isabelle Faiola (2:34.29) and Alys Lindsay (2:37.45), placed second and third, respectively.
Esmero added another bronze in the 200m freestyle (2:20.55).
“Hindi matatawaran ang puso ng mga batang ito. Palaban talaga kahit alam nilang mas matatangkad ang mga kalaban nila. Tumataas yung kumpiyansa nila sa sarili pag nakikita nilang mas malalaki yung kalaban nila,” said Papa, referring to the eight-year-old Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, who managed to earn a podium finish despite facing older and taller foes.
Mojdeh wound up second in the 50m breaststroke (46.20) and 50m backstroke (43.00).
Not to be outdone was Roger Dante Giron , who pocketed a silver medal in the boys’ 15 years 200m butterfly (2:30.88).
So far, the PSL has seven golds, seven silvers and one bronze – on track of surpassing the team’s eight-gold, five-silver, three-bronze haul in the 2014 edition.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap) – an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).